Topic: Pell Grant
Maryville, TN – President Donald J. Trump has signed into law the government funding legislation that included U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) bipartisan, bicameral proposal that holds patients harmless from surprise bills and resolves payment disputes between providers and insurers.
The legislation signed into law also includes Alexander’s bipartisan higher education proposals, which significantly simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by reducing its 108 questions to a maximum of 36 questions, restores the ability for incarcerated individuals to get a Pell Grant, reinstates Pell Grant eligibility for students who have been defrauded, forgives the outstanding debt of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received loans under the federal HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, and removes certain unnecessary regulations and aid limitations on institutions of higher education and students.
Senate and House Education Committee Leaders Announce Funding Bill Will Simplify FAFSA, Forgive Debt for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Restore Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students
Washington, D.C. – Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) today announced that important bipartisan higher education proposals will be included in broader government funding legislation that the Senate will consider this week.
The legislative package would significantly simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by reducing its 108 questions to a maximum of 36 questions, restore the ability for incarcerated individuals to get a Pell Grant, reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for students who have been defrauded, forgive outstanding debt of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received loans under the federal HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, and remove certain unnecessary regulations and aid limitations on institutions of higher education and students.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) students who need help putting food on the table can get free hot meals through a new Austin Peay State University Foundation program.
But those students must visit www.apsu.edu/feed-a-gov this week to fill out a survey to make sure they are added to the program.
Washington, D.C. – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, “the time to finish fixing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now and I hope we can pass bipartisan legislation to do so by the end of this year,” during this morning’s committee hearing to discuss how Congress can finish the job of shortening the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
“Twenty million students and their families are in the middle of what is likely the strangest first semester of college in a century,” Alexander continued. “Almost everything has changed for students – except for one thing – students still have to answer 108 questions on the dreaded FAFSA form.”
Chairman Lamar Alexander says Senate Legislation Will Keep Paychecks Coming For Workers, Help Relieve Financial Burdens for Americans Hurt by COVID-19
Bipartisan provisions from Senate HELP Committee will be included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the Senate will soon consider
Washington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will help keep Americans healthy, keep paychecks coming for workers, and help relieve financial burdens for Americans hurt by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“The government has shut down the economy for the public health, so the Senate is responsible for taking steps to help families, workers and business who have been hurt by the outbreak of COVID-19,” Senator Alexander said.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) have introduced legislation to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that nearly 20 million families fill out every year to apply for federal student aid.
“The 108-question FAFSA is one of the biggest challenges low-income students who want to go to college face,” Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee, said. “Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam told me that Tennessee has the highest rate of filling out the FAFSA, but it is still the single biggest impediment to more students enrolling in Tennessee Promise, our state’s free, two-year community college program.”
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has awarded $800,000 to six colleges and universities (APSU receives $144,407.50) to increase student outcomes at the institutions.
The $800,000 in funding through the Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund Grant will assist institutions in growing student outcomes in areas such as credit hour progression and degree completion.
Budget cuts taxes, fully funds education, moves an additional $73.5 million to Rainy Day Fund
Nashville, TN – In the final few days of this year’s legislative session, the House of Representatives passed Tennessee’s annual budget with an 80 – 12 vote. The bill’s passage was the culmination of months of tireless work crafting a fiscally responsible and balanced budget.
The $33.3 billion budget cuts taxes, puts $73.5 million in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, improves our educational system, and provides an even better environment for businesses to grow and for jobs to flourish.
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