Students - This is a Learning Event!!
During his campaign for president Obama claimed credit for increasing funding to the Pell Grant program, which provides eligible students with money for college (undergraduate only). There is no requirement of re-payment. It is a GRANT. Millions of students who would not have been able to afford college have received Pell Grants.
In an email recently sent out to students by the Dallas County Community College District students were given the details about the changes to their Pell Grant. The changes are already in effect starting with Fall 2012 Semester.
It seems that Obama left out some details when he was campaigning on those college campuses. The length of time a student can receive a Pell Grant has been cut by as much as three years. The number of semesters a student can receive a Pell Grant has been cut from 18 down to 12. This detail is unknown to most students.
This cut in eligibility was part of a bill President Obama signed in 2011. On December 23, 2011 he signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law states that the amount of Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her LIFETIME will be reduced from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This applies to ALL Federal Pell Grant eligible students, effective 2012-2013. It began July 1, 2012. The cut of course hurts part-time students and adults who go back to school, including retraining for a new career. In other words students who work and go to school and the unemployed. I wonder how this works for schools on the quarter system. I am sure there is a calculation. It can't be good.
This cut was never mentioned by President Obama when he was boasting about increasing funding for Pell Grants. The cut will come as a rude awakening to students who thought Obama was expanding their educational opportunities. For those on a slow learning curve about the Democratic Party. Write this one down.