Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Needy Students Can Keep Excess Grant Money in Arkansas

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Needy Students Can Keep Excess Grant Money in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Although a new state law says colleges and universities cannot award public financial aid to students over what it costs them to attend school, state education officials say they will allow needy students who get a federal Pell grant to keep it.

The $3,125 Pell grant is based on need, and university officials pleaded with members of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board last month to exempt the grants in figuring a student's total financial aid package in complying with the new law. University of Arkansas System President B. Alan Sugg and others said low-income students needed the Pell grants for unexpected and miscellaneous costs, such as car repairs, transportation, and clothing expenses.

At a meeting in Stuttgart, the board incorporated the 1999 law into its rules and voted 4-3 to exempt the Pell grant. Higher Education Director Lou Hardin said afterwards that the exemption would affect less than 100 students in Arkansas--those who get enough financial aid to cover their attendance costs but also receive a Pell grant because they come from low-income families. …

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