Arlington, VA -- The Manager’s Amendment to the Build Back Better Act that was released earlier today maintains a discriminatory provision that was in the earlier version of the bill that would punish low-income and minority students attending proprietary postsecondary institutions by excluding them from accessing the $550 increase in Pell Grants that will be available to students attending all other institutions.
"This blatantly discriminatory policy will only harm low-income students who are trying to better their lives and improve their career opportunities," said CECU’s President and CEO, Dr. Jason Altmire. "By excluding low-income students attending proprietary postsecondary institutions from the Pell Grant increase, Congress is aggressively punishing students purely based on the type of institution they attend. Congress still has a chance to fix this anti-student provision in the Build Back Better Act to ensure that all low-income students will be eligible for the expanded Pell Grant."
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Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) is the national association serving the proprietary higher education sector.
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