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Posts by Kelsey Merrick

Setting the Record Straight on Pells

June 19, 2012

The Wall Street Journal’s recent editorial attacking the federal Pell Grant program, which helps low-income students afford college, was rife with misleading and inaccurate statements.  For example, the editorial (based on a...

Pell Grants on a Downward Slope

March 13, 2012

Pell Grants, which help nearly 10 million low- and moderate-income students afford college, are an important weapon against growing inequality in higher education.  But, as Paul Krugman recently ...

Cutting Pell Grants Is Unnecessary and Unwise

December 21, 2011

The appropriations agreement for fiscal year 2012 that Congress finalized last weekend included some harmful changes to the federal Pell Grant program, which helps nearly 10 million low- and moderate-income students afford college.  While the deal omits the most severe Pell Grant cuts in an earlier House-...

Pell Grant Funding Should Be Part of Final Debt-Limit Deal

July 29, 2011

One element that the debt-limit plans from House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have in common — and that should be part of any final agreement — is increased funding for Pell Grants, which help nearly 10 million students from low- and moderate-income families pay for college.