Pell Grants Aren’t Welfare: Tell Us Your Story

The future of America and its working-class students are in danger.

As Washington weighs cuts to the federal budget, the Pell Grant program is on the chopping block. Pell is the federal aid program that fuels the future of hard-working students nationwide. Nearly 10 million Americans depend on Pell Grants to enroll in and complete college. If the maximum grant is cut or eligibility requirements for the program change, fewer working families will be able to send their children to college at a time when our economy needs more college graduates, not fewer.

Congress needs to hear how Pell Grants keep the promise of a college education — and all that it offers — alive for hard-working students.

Whether you or someone you know has benefited from a Pell Grant (or if you simply support keeping college opportunity open to all), we invite you to share your story. Help us put a face on the fight to Save Pell.

Whether you or someone you know has benefited from a Pell Grant (or if you simply support keeping college opportunity open to all), we invite you to share your story. Help us put a face on the fight to Save Pell.
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Number Date Name Tell the Senate why we can’t ...
2764 Sun Jul 31 22:33:38 EDT 2011 Nathaniel Formanik While I myself am not eligible for the Pell Grant, I know many of my friends in college who are. Their higher education would not be possible without this aid; college costs are constantly rising and prohibiting More....
2763 Sun Jul 31 22:27:41 EDT 2011 Nazmul Watters I am the first college student of my immediate family, and I am paying it all out of pocket. Without the Pell Grant I could not afford college. I have seen the many struggles my parents have and are More....
2762 Sun Jul 31 20:06:29 EDT 2011 Lisa Blackburn I know a lot of people in my situation. I am a mother of 6 kids and my husband is working really hard to support us. We struggle but we make things work but without the Pell Grant there is now way in the More....
2761 Sun Jul 31 19:21:18 EDT 2011 Byars The Pell grant enabled me to obtain my bachelor's degree while I was a single mother living below poverty level. Now I am a professional educator and will be graduating with my doctorate (EdD) More....
2760 Sun Jul 31 19:19:17 EDT 2011 Byars The Pell grant enabled me to obtain my bachelor's degree while I was a single mother living below poverty level. Now I am a professional educator and will be graduating with my doctorate (EdD) More....
2759 Sun Jul 31 19:00:44 EDT 2011 Howell My name is Tiffany. I am a mother of 4 and have 4 step children. Without the Pell grant i would not be able to further my education to help better support my family, do to loss of wages while going to More....
2758 Sun Jul 31 18:49:16 EDT 2011 Evelyn Oaks This is an important tool in helping all of those wishing to better themselves through higher education achieve that goal. It is as simple as that.
2757 Sun Jul 31 18:31:22 EDT 2011 Donna Carter I depend on the federal funding to have a chance at succeeding in college. Any changes will make this opportunity impossible . Please think about our futures and the futures of the American youth, which More....
2756 Sun Jul 31 14:02:16 EDT 2011 Larry Panezott The Pell Grant helps students pay for college, building a better educated workforce for a better educated America.
2755 Sun Jul 31 13:23:17 EDT 2011 Jennifer Hartley No Pell Greant means no college for people like me who couldn't afford it otherwise.
2754 Sun Jul 31 11:41:06 EDT 2011 Robert Torres Over the course of the previous year, there have been several large changes in my life. High school graduation, becoming an adult on my eighteenth birthday, a last summer before heading off to college. More....
2753 Sun Jul 31 10:54:00 EDT 2011 Terry Henry The Pell Grant is one of the reasons I can go to College. With the economy the way it is and all the bills of just living, coupled with college expenses and debt is huge.
2752 Sun Jul 31 10:05:18 EDT 2011 Peggy Hudson The Pell Grants are crucial for myself and for other students to attend and finish college. Without the Pell Grant I would never be able to afford to attend a four year college, let alone a two year program. More....
2751 Sun Jul 31 00:19:00 EDT 2011 Lucy Blazick Going to college would not be possible without Pell Grants. Working hard should ensure success not how much money a person has. Smart hardworking adults, want to better their futures and our communities More....
2750 Sat Jul 30 23:41:55 EDT 2011 Saeema Wilson Eliminate the Pell Grant. I feel subsidized loans (which graduates will repay) should be the extent of aid handed out. College education is not a necessity and therefore a form of welfare should More....
2749 Sat Jul 30 22:42:21 EDT 2011 Gene Todd If it were not for the pell grant i would not be able to go to college now. next year my fiance will be starting college. Without the pell grant he will not be able to go to school either. please do More....
2748 Sat Jul 30 22:35:40 EDT 2011 Young I am a supporter of Pell grant. I was a recipient when I went to college and I am a productive citizen of the United States of America. Please do not cut this program.
2747 Sat Jul 30 20:10:04 EDT 2011 Dr. Mellott I'm a supporter of the Pell Grant petition.
2746 Sat Jul 30 20:07:23 EDT 2011 Mellott I am a supporter of the Pell grant.
2745 Sat Jul 30 19:30:46 EDT 2011 Wise I am from a family where my parents divorced while I was young. My grandmother then adopted me, making me an independent student. By being an independent student, I am on my own with getting my way through More....
2744 Sat Jul 30 19:16:47 EDT 2011 Pierre Zimmerman Please don't cut this program. It's important for every college student from the impoverished to the middle class. My parents weren't able to help me with the cost of college and the Pell Grant was an More....
2743 Sat Jul 30 19:10:52 EDT 2011 Craig Rodriguez I am a full time student at the University of Akron who returned to college after a 4 year absence from school. I heavily rely on the pell grant to pay for my tuition and school expenses. The financial More....
2742 Sat Jul 30 17:55:28 EDT 2011 Silvia Marotta The Pell Grant enabled me to finish my four-year degree and raise my daughter in four years. I took summer classes for three years in addition to my regular courses in the Fall and Spring semesters. Since More....
2741 Sat Jul 30 17:44:08 EDT 2011 John Shinko According to my 2010 tax statement, I am among the poorest Americans. If Washington wants to know how to keep people out of the welfare trap, economics has shown that people with degrees in higher education More....
2740 Sat Jul 30 17:12:53 EDT 2011 Ellen Jenner I was enraged when I heard the news about this!! Isn't this country supposed to be about the right to have the AMERICAN dream? When a child is in school should we tell them to only dream as big as their More....
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