Education Dept. Restores Pell Eligibility to Nearly 300,000 Students

Nearly 300,000 students who used Pell Grants to attend now-shuttered colleges have had their eligibility for the financial aid restored by the Education Department.

Last fall, at the urging of Sen. Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, the department in the Obama administration agreed to use its authority under the Higher Education Act to restore the Pell eligibility of students who had attended colleges that had suddenly closed, including the campuses of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institutes. In April the Trump administration announced that it would follow through on the plan.

Ms. Murray recently sent a letter to the department’s Federal Student Aid office asking for an update on the progress of the restoration.

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Education-Dept-Restores-Pell/241822