State PIRGs' Higher Education Project
218 D Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-9707

Ivan Frishberg

Ellynne Bannon


To: Student Activists

From: Ellynne Bannon, State PIRGs Higher Education Advocate

Date: December 19, 2001

**** Call to thank your Members of Congress for passing a $4,000 maximum Pell Grant award ****

Last night Congress passed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill for FY02 and included a $4,000 maximum Pell Grant award. The $4,000 award is a $250 increase over FY01, and is $150 more than the President's request.

During the last few weeks Members of Congress heard from students across the country in support of the $4,000 maximum award level. Thanks to your calls and emails Congress made the final decision to increase the maximum award to $4,000.

Congress also approved increased funding for other important higher education programs:

** $725 million for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)-a $34 million increase over FY01.
** $67 million for Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships (LEAP), an increase of $7 million.

While the Pell shortfall still remains-and is expected to increase over the next year-the $4,000 maximum is the right step in making college more affordable. The increase also signals Congress' commitment to increasing the maximum award and ensuring access to higher education for all Americans.

Please take the time to call your representatives and thank them for supporting the $4,000 maximum Pell Grant award and for their commitment to make college more affordable.

You can contact your members of Congress via the Student Aid Alliance Hotline, (800) 574-4AID.