In order to compete in the 21st century economy, America needs more students to pursue postsecondary education and training. Over 3 million low- and moderate-income community college students currently depend on Pell grants to pursue their dreams of higher education each year.
As a trustee at <<Community College Name>>, I've seen firsthand the impact that Pell grants have made on our students' ability to access higher education and complete their degrees. Maintaining the maximum award of $5,550 is an important part of providing that opportunity to our students.
Unfortunately, recent proposals to make deep cuts to the Pell Grant program and reduce awards by thousands of dollars will only hurt those students who need support the most. In the global economy, the workforce skills and training are constantly changing. We will not meet the demand for a highly educated workforce without increasing the number of students from low- and moderate-income backgrounds who are able to enroll in and complete college.
To remain competitive in the global economy, please protect the Pell Grant program and preserve its impact as one of the most powerful tools to increase access to, and the completion of, higher education.