Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Year-Round Pell Grants’ Inclusion in Omnibus
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), a leader in the fight to restore year-round Pell Grant funding, celebrated the inclusion of that funding in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
“This is a tremendous victory for American students and their families,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. “Pell Grants are our greatest federal tool for improving college access and affordability, and the omnibus’ reinstatement of year-round Pell Grant funding will give the program much-needed flexibility. Year-round Pell Grants help ensure that recipients graduate, and do so quicker and cheaper. At a time when postsecondary education is more costly than ever, and when students are more likely to graduate if they have fewer interruptions in their education, it is essential that we fund year-round Pell Grants for the sake of our nation and our economy.”
Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has been at the forefront of many recent efforts to support year-round Pell Grant funding. In July 2016, as a member of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, she introduced an amendment to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill to restore funding. The measure attracted bipartisan support, and while it did not pass, the majority committed to work with Rep. Roybal-Allard to reinstate resources for year-round Pell Grants.
More recently, on April 8, 2017, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard introduced H.R. 2084, the Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, a bill to require funding for year-round Pell Grants; the Senate counterpart, S. 900, was introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has also been partnering with Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) on H.R. 813, the Affordability for Constant and Continual Education to Enhance Student Success (ACCESS) Act, another bill to reauthorize year-round Pell Grants.