H.Res.144 - To express the sense of the House of Representatives that the maximum Pell Grant should be increased to $5,800.108th Congress (2003-2004)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Wu, David [D-OR-1] (Introduced 03/13/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce|
|Latest Action:||03/31/2003 Referred to the Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness.|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 144 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 144 To express the sense of the House of Representatives that the maximum Pell Grant should be increased to $5,800. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 13, 2003 Mr. Wu submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION To express the sense of the House of Representatives that the maximum Pell Grant should be increased to $5,800. Resolved, SECTION 1. INCREASE IN MAXIMUM PELL GRANT. (a) Findings.--The House of Representatives makes the following findings: (1) A college education has become increasingly important, not just to the individual beneficiary, but to the nation as a whole. The growth and continued expansion of the nation's economy is heavily dependent on an educated and highly skilled workforce. (2) The opportunity to gain a college education also is important to the nation as a means to help advance the American ideals of progress and equality. (3) The Federal Government plays an invaluable role in making student financial aid available to ensure that qualified students are able to attend college, regardless of their financial means. Since the inception of the Pell Grant program in 1973, nearly 80,000,000 grants have helped low- and middle- income students go to college, enrich their lives, and become productive members of society. (4) Nationwide, almost 65 percent of high school graduates continue on to higher education. This degree of college participation would not exist without the Federal investment in student aid, especially the Pell Grant program. Nearly 25 percent of all undergraduate students receive some amount of Pell Grant funding. (5) In the next 10 years, the number of undergraduate students enrolled in the nation's colleges and universities will increase by 11 percent to more than 11,000,000 students. Many of these students will be the first in their families to attend college. One in 5 of these students will be from families with incomes below the poverty level. The continued investment in the Pell Grant program is essential if college is to remain an achievable part of the American dream. (6) Increasing the maximum Pell Grant to $5,800 would result in a $1,800 increase in the maximum grant award. (7) Because Pell Grant recipients are more likely to graduate with student loan debt and to amass more debt than other student borrowers, increasing the maximum Pell Grant to $5,800 will help remedy this disparity. (b) Sense of the House of Representatives.--It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the maximum Pell Grant should be increased to $5,800. <all>