GOP Bill Would Force Students Who Don't Graduate to Repay Pell Grants

A new bill, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, aims to “motivate students” to graduate by taking aim at Pell Grants.

The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Francis Rooney, Republican of Florida, and Rep. Ralph Norman, Republican of South Carolina, would compel students to repay Pell Grants — which, unlike loans, do not require repayment — if they did not complete their program within six years. The bill would apply to all students eligible for Pell Grants, including students at community colleges.

In a news release announcing the proposal, Mr. Rooney said it would guarantee "more bang for the taxpayer’s buck." While it is important for Pell Grants to be accessible to low-income students, he said, it is equally as important that the students are "committed to graduating and joining the work force."

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: http://www.chronicle.com/article/GOP-Bill-Would-Force-Students/241813