News in Brief

Trump Administration Wants to Shift Money for Pell Grants to NASA

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis within just a few years.

The plan aims to redirect $1.9 billion from a Pell Grant surplus to jump-start other projects, primarily a NASA initiative to put astronauts back on the moon. In announcing the plan last month, administration officials said it would keep the Pell program, the largest source of federal aid for low-income students, on sound fiscal footing and not harm students. But a chorus of education organizations pushed back.

All told, the White House wants to steer $3.9 billion away from the Pell program's surplus, which is projected to reach almost $8 billion going into 2020.

Vol. 38, Issue 34, Page 5

Published in Print: June 5, 2019, as Trump Administration Wants to Shift Money for Pell Grants to NASA
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented