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 Reflecting on Pell Grant's 40 Years 


In 1972, Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) set out to reform parts of the 1965 Higher Education Act. What emerged was the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant, later renamed the federal Pell Grant.

Forty years later, the Pell Grant program is one of the largest programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, serving to help millions of Americans pursue a higher education.

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