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Change Will Affect Eligibility for 2005-06 Pell Grants

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The Department of Education will use updated tax tables to calculate Pell Grant eligibility in the 2005-06 academic year.

The changes would make 90,000 families ineligible for the grants, according to an estimate from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, a group created to advise Congress. About 1.3 million students could see their grants reduced by anywhere from $100 to $300 under the change. Use of the new tax tables is expected to save the federal government $300 million. ("Under Budget Bill, Some Students Facing a Reduction in College Aid," Dec. 8, 2004.)

A statement from the office of Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said that the number of students expected to receive Pell Grants would actually increase by 25,000 under the change.

Vol. 24, Issue 16, Page 25

Published in Print: January 5, 2005, as Change Will Affect Eligibility for 2005-06 Pell Grants

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