ACCT Statement on Funding Bill Reinstating Year-Round Pell Grants

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Following is a statement from J. Noah Brown, president and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees

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Students will be able to complete their degrees more quickly while relying less on borrowing.

This morning, Congress released a bipartisan bill funding the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2017. The bill is expected to be considered and passed this week. Included in the bill is the restoration of Year-Round Pell Grants.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), our members and our students across the country have urged Congress throughout the past year to restore Year-Round Pell Grants. We commend and thank the 115th Congress for listening, and for taking this important bipartisan action. In particular, we thank and commend Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.); Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.); Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.); and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) for their support. Many additional members of Congress worked to reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants, and we are grateful for their support of community college students.

The reinstatement of Year-Round Pell will provide low-income students with much-needed assistance to attend college continually. As a result, students will be able to complete their degrees more quickly while relying less on borrowing.

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for more detail about the legislation, how Year-Round Pell Grants can be accessed, and other details of the legislation that will affect community college students.

We look forward to continuing to work with Congress toward making high-quality education at community colleges more accessible to students so that they can have as great a chance as possible to succeed.

J. Noah Brown
President and CEO

About ACCT

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels. For more information, visit http://www.acct.org. Follow ACCT on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CCTrustees.

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