President’s Plan Would Increase Pell Grants and Add Incentives on Some Student Aid – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

President’s Plan Would Increase Pell Grants and Add Incentives on Some Student Aid| Kelly Field | Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 April, 2013

In his long-awaited budget for the 2014 fiscal year, released on Wednesday, President Obama asks Congress to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $140, to $5,785, and spend $8-billion on job-training programs at community colleges.

The spending plan, which comes roughly three weeks after the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed budgets outlining their own priorities, repeats the president’s call to expand and remake the Perkins Loan program, an idea he first offered in 2009. It would raise spending on Federal Work-Study by $150-million, doubling the number of recipients over five years, but would provide no increase for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.

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