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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176-200 of 2938 signatures
Number Date Name Tell the Senate why we can’t ...
2763 Mon Aug 01 07:06:04 EDT 2011 Jay Dennewitz You probably receive hundreds of letters from single moms so you can add this to your list. I have twin girls in college as well as myself. There would be no way we could afford college if we didn't receive More....
2762 Mon Aug 01 04:24:08 EDT 2011 Dorothea Testa I am a single mother of two whose father doesn't feel the need to contribute to the children's higher education. The Pell Grants that they have been awarded have been a huge help and it would be a struggle More....
2761 Mon Aug 01 00:44:13 EDT 2011 Samantha Stewart I am a disabled american veteran, former postal employee and the former owner of three sucessful businesses, until my civil rights were violated, by a city (Maple Heights, Ohio) that the FBI has More....
2760 Sun Jul 31 23:22:10 EDT 2011 Shelby Fejedelem Slashing the funds for students/future leaders are not going to fix the problems of an ailing goverment. Politicians that make 6 figures a year are the ones that should be looking in the mirror and slash More....
2759 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....
2758 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....
2757 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....
2756 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....
2755 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....
2754 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....
2753 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.
2752 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....
2751 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.
2750 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.
2749 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....
2748 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.
2747 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....
2746 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....
2745 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....
2744 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....
2743 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.
2742 Sat Jul 30 20:10:04 EDT 2011 Dr. Mellott I'm a supporter of the Pell Grant petition.
2741 Sat Jul 30 20:07:23 EDT 2011 Mellott I am a supporter of the Pell grant.
2740 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....
2739 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....
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