House calls for higher Pell Grants

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to increase funding for Pell Grants as part of a $463.5 billion annual spending measure.

As the first increase in four years, the measure would raise the maximum grant by $260, bringing the maximum amount to $4,310.

“Anytime the amount of money students receive increases, it’s a good thing,” said Anissa Strickland, associate director of student financial aid. It’s exciting anytime there is a possible increase, she added.

Strickland said about 9,000 Kent State students received Pell Grants this year. Pell Grants are given by the federal government, and because they are grants and not loans, students do not need to pay them back. Students can apply for the grants through the Free Application For Federal Student Aid form, also know as the FAFSA.

The measure passed in the House with a 286-140 vote.

Before it goes into effect, it must be passed by the Senate and signed into law by President George W. Bush. The Senate is expected to vote on it next week.

– Tim Magaw