ERIC Number: EJ792675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
To Strengthen Higher Education, Boost Pell Grants, End Waste in Private Loan Programs
Kennedy, Edward M.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v21 n4 p17-18 Win 2007
In this new era of globalization, it is more important than ever for the American citizens to have a college education so they can obtain good jobs and have a fair chance at the American Dream, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to get such an education--including in New England. According to the most recent report of the College Board, the region's four-year colleges--both public and private--continue to be the most expensive in the nation. In this article, the author states that he welcomes the recent report by the secretary of education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He does not agree with all the commission's recommendations, but the report is helping create a better debate on higher education and its role in ensuring opportunity for all the citizens, and this discussion has great potential to improve the system of higher education. He supports the report's call for an increase in the Pell Grant, so that the average award will cover 70 percent of the typical tuition at a four-year public college. In New England, this increase would directly help more than 200,000 low-income beneficiaries of these grants--many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. After four years in a row of broken pledges from President Bush and the Republican Congress to raise the maximum Pell Grant, the commission's reaffirmation of this program as the foundation of the college aid system is a welcome development. However, he disagrees with the commission's suggestion that American citizens would pay for this increase by consolidating other federal grant programs. Thus, he states that instead of taking away funds that go directly to students, they should end the outrageous waste in the government's student loan programs, and use those savings to increase need-based aid.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Federal Aid, Student Loan Programs, Public Colleges, Student Financial Aid, Grants, Role of Education, Access to Education, Politics of Education, Educational Finance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program