Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: Pell Grants Become Available to More Students

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: Pell Grants Become Available to More Students

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Washington UPDATE: Pell Grants Become Available to More Students.

About 126,000 more students will get Pell Grants, thanks to the newly enacted federal budget for fiscal 1997, the Education Department (ED) says.

Congress approved an increase in the maximum grant, from $2,470 to $2,700 next year. But the total number of recipients also will rise because of the $675 million in new aid available. Most of the new recipients are those receiving grants much smaller than the maximum.

Among the new recipients, almost 34,000 will come from California, New York and Texas, though all states will see increases, according to the department.

ED released the data at a press conference it called last week to show state-by-state effects of the new budget law. States also will see increased spending for safe and drug-free schools programs and also for Goals 2000, which states use to help meet national education goals.

ED Secretary Richard Riley noted the final figures are much higher than those originally requested by Congress and more in line with Clinton administration recommendations. …

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