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 ...
2759 Mon Aug 01 11:54:53 EDT 2011 Sarah Dickinson
2758 Mon Aug 01 11:52:31 EDT 2011 Gary Starks Neither my daughter, nor I am eligible for Pell grants. This does not affect may belief in the importance of such publicly funded assistance in building the foundation for a strong future for our nation.
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2757 Mon Aug 01 11:31:43 EDT 2011 Monica Howard I have 3 kids in college at the same time. We cant afford the cost and the pell makes it possible for them to go. My son works full time and cant make ends meet without it taking care of school.
2756 Mon Aug 01 11:30:44 EDT 2011 Christopher Schrader Because everyone deserves a chance to reach their full potential. Many will be denied this without the Pell.
2755 Mon Aug 01 11:11:14 EDT 2011 Joshua Orens I would not otherwise be able to afford attending school. I am a single father who works two jobs while attending full time. The wages earned, not having a degree, is insufficient to pay for school without More....
2754 Mon Aug 01 11:11:07 EDT 2011 Craig Pakish I live in Ohio and go to the University of Akron. My mother is a waitress and my father was recently diagnosed with kidney failure. He is no longer able to work, so I will not recieve what little amount More....
2753 Mon Aug 01 11:06:33 EDT 2011 Tosha Moorer 204 -->203It's because of Pell that I was even able to go to college. I couldn't afford student loans, and had no parents to fund my tuition. Federal grants and scholarships are the reason I have a degree today.
2752 Mon Aug 01 10:22:55 EDT 2011 Karastin Katusin The Pell Grant is what is my main money source to going to school. Even with it, I have to take out loans. I live in a 5 person household; my mom is a school bus driver, my step dad is going back to school, More....
2751 Mon Aug 01 09:53:57 EDT 2011 bonnie bromley I know that there has to be cuts down the line but let's start at where money is being wastedi.e., funding to kill species to extinction, trim the fat and benefits of politicians who can't do their jobs. More....
2750 Mon Aug 01 09:22:05 EDT 2011 Jonathan Kendall This horribly messed up my whole semester this year. My mother is a single parent and i work full time to help support her and myself. I do no have extra money like you guys to pay for school! Because More....
2749 Mon Aug 01 09:02:59 EDT 2011 Linda Marx Please do not slash the Pell. I see students every day who would not be able to attend the University of Akron without the Pell. The Pell also makes them eligible for certain Federal scholarship programs. More....
2748 Mon Aug 01 09:00:16 EDT 2011 Theresa Morrison
2747 Mon Aug 01 08:41:21 EDT 2011 Rachel French I am 21 yrs old, and a single mother. I go to school full time and work part time, I rely on that grant to go to school to give my baby a better life.
2746 Mon Aug 01 08:13:39 EDT 2011 Leigh Hurford My daughter is in her third year of college and we are not considered low enough income for her to get a lot of help but the little bit of pell grant that she gets helps her. She is a Dean's list student More....
2745 Mon Aug 01 08:12:50 EDT 2011 Anne Morris I was a single mother of 2 young sons with no job skills in 1995. Newly divorced, no alimony and no child support being paid. The Pell Grant allowed me to go back to school and I am 2 semesters away from More....
2744 Mon Aug 01 07:48:57 EDT 2011 Jennifer Flowers I was an adult student working and going to school full time. If it were not for the Pell Grants that I received I would not have been able to complete my bachelors degree.
2743 Mon Aug 01 07:38:12 EDT 2011 Nancy Kusnyer Our educationa system will suffer greatly. Our county will be a privilege based system.
2742 Mon Aug 01 07:26:37 EDT 2011 Matthew Carr America cannot remain a world leader without taking education seriously. Every congressman that votes to decrease education funding is hurting Americas future, making us less competitive internationally More....
2741 Mon Aug 01 07:06:04 EDT 2011 Denise 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....
2740 Mon Aug 01 04:24:08 EDT 2011 Bonnie 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....
2739 Mon Aug 01 00:44:13 EDT 2011 maurice 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....
2738 Sun Jul 31 23:22:10 EDT 2011 Mike 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....
2737 Sun Jul 31 22:33:38 EDT 2011 Kristie 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....
2736 Sun Jul 31 22:27:41 EDT 2011 Kristin 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....
2735 Sun Jul 31 20:06:29 EDT 2011 Jenifer 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....
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