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Finally, Help for Pell Students at Closed Campuses

When colleges shutter their campuses, who’s harmed the most? Students are, especially low-income students. They are the ones with the least protection. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) stand up for them by introducing the “Pell Restoration Act of 2015,” which will allow Pell Grant recipients the ability to continue their education at another institution.

This legislation corrects an important oversight in the Higher Education Act. Currently, student loans are eligible for discharge if a school closes or commits fraud before a student can finish. But there is no similar provision for Pell Grants. Under current law, Pell students who want to continue their education at another institution will face exhausted or restricted Pell Grant aid, which hardly seems fair.

The Pell Restoration Act changes that provision. It is especially critical in light of behemoth postsecondary private, for-profit institutions, like Corinthian Colleges that left thousands of students in a horrible predicament — robbed of a degree, and also robbed of their Pell dollars.

Read the entire post on Ed Trust's blog, The Equity Line.