(PRWEB) July 11, 2012
The state of federal financial aid continues to receive a lot of coverage in Congress, but Pell Grant received a boost along with the new healthcare plans signed last week. The story, as well as other news for Pell Grant and fellow federal grant programs, was covered by
EducationGrantsforSchool, which has been following the history of new Pell Grant legislation in its daily updated blog. The financial aid site has provided tips and guides for students on federal financial aid and scholarships for almost a year now. The new series on the Pell Grant plans to shed light on upcoming plans for the program and what’s happening to students this July as new restrictions go into effect.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of coverage in big news media about the changes to Pell Grant, and we wanted to change that. Students should be informed if they are going to lose their aid and who—and what laws—made those changes happen,” said CK Adams, lead blogger for EducationGrantsforSchool. “You can no longer receive Pell Grant if you have received it for six years, and if you didn’t finish high school, you may not be able to get any federal financial aid, not even if you have a GED. That’s alienating thousands of students.”
The new series on EducationGrantsforSchool received thousands of traffic hits after the first story published reports on the changes to Pell Grant. The blog has continued to update about the progress of the changes and even advocacy groups that are trying to get the new restrictions removed, or at least, lessened.
“The problem is that members in Congress just aren’t doing anything about the complaints. None of the restrictions have been lifted and thousands of people are going to lose their aid, some won’t even finish college this fall, and those stories are being ignored largely by popular media,” said Adams.
That’s another facet of EducationGrantsforSchool blog: personal stories from students who have lost financial aid and need help finding new sources. The site provides hundreds of articles and blog posts on different ways that students can pay for school, not just with grants. So what do the writers suggest students to do if they recently lost financial aid?
“File an appeal and look for other sources, even if you have to take a student loan, it’s better than not finishing college at all. After you’ve come so far, it’s important to finish the degree and use that to get a job. Some of the blog focuses on shorter and cheaper degree programs that provide good job offerings, but mainly, we try to focus on all of the sources for financial aid that are possible for struggling students,” Adams said.
EducationGrantsforSchool is a diverse website dedicated to financial aid guides and resources. Along with how-to articles and a daily updated blog, students can search for all types of financial aid, including local and national scholarships.