Is Pell spending out of control?

Spending on Pell Grants for low-income college students has more than doubled in the last three years. Democrats and Republicans are looking for solutions — but not in the same places.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  Two bills extending college aid to undocumented students passed a legislative committee in California this week.

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  1. tim-10-ber says:

    yes…also duncan should know the percent of grad rates and I have to wonder how many of these kids were truly qualified for college? i think the entire federal government is out of control and it is ruining what little good is left in government education…which isn’t much as it is only designed to educate 10% of the people…

  2. Stacy in NJ says:

    We’re spending approximately 100k for an average kid’s k-12 education. Some are graduating without gaining “college ready” skills but still apply for and get Pell Grants. They attend college but drop out at alarming rates because they can’t handle the classes, don’t know what they want to study, or need to work for other reasons. Just more tax dollars used inefficiently and flushed town the glory hole of education in the USA. We should offer all parents a 75k stipend to use for their children’s education as they see fit. I’d bet we’d be no worse off than we are now, and we’d get a 25%+ “savings”.

  3. Maybe instead of grants federal financial aid for low-income students should be in the form of loans that are guaranteed 100% forgiven if the student graduates within 3 years for an associate’s degree program and 6 years for a bachelor’s degree program.

  4. Sean Mays says:

    Forgiving the loans sounds great Crimson Wife. Until we get into a situation where college “dumb down” even further. Giving that last D- to a kid to get an Irrelevant Studies major so they can have their debt forgiven. I’ve been and and seen situations like that with graduation seniors. Guidance counselors saying, “you’ve got to pass this kid; he’s got a college acceptance in hand. It’s your chance to make a difference.” Really? Why did this child not “bring it” and earn more than a 40 or so average all year long? At the end of 13 years of public schooling, it’s my chance to “make a difference”. Sure, no pressure.

    We as the paying, interested public must have some assurance that we got something for our investment. I don’t think I trust higher ed when they say “trust us”.

  5. Sadly, I have to agree with Sean Mays. If we think colleges and universities are bending over backwards today to get students to return and graduate (and they are), think what it will be like when struggling students are effectively foreclosed from dropping out when it would otherwise make sense.

  6. Good point- perhaps in order to have the loans forgiven, the student also needs to pass a test (kind of like the exit exam for high school, only at a higher level).