Legislation considered by Congress last year would have required states and school districts to measure access to critical educational resources so that disparities among certain student subgroups could be addressed.Congress plays a critical role in making higher education affordable to low-income students. Although federal Pell Grants used to cover the entire cost of attending community college for such students, they now typically cover only 60%. The average out-of-pocket cost facing community college students from low-income families today ranges from $8,000 to $11,000 per year. Because higher education is so critical to upward mobility, it is important to make it accessible to low-income students.
S. 101—Maintaining funding for Pell Grants: Adoption of this amendment would have altered the 2016 Senate Budget Resolution to maintain funding for Pell Grants, a vital federal resource that enables millions to pursue higher education.
S. 100—Providing two years of free community college: Adoption of this amendment would have altered the 2016 Senate Budget Resolution and provided two years of free community college to all, opening a door to upward mobility for millions of low-income Americans.