Council of Graduate Schools Applauds Legislation to Extend and Expand Pell Grant

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is applauding currently introduced legislation that would extend lifetime Pell Grant eligibility from 12 to 16 semesters and allow students with a Pell Grant award during undergraduate education to use remaining Pell Grant eligibility towards a first graduate degree.Dr. Suzanne OrtegaDr. Suzanne Ortega

The Pell to Grad Act was introduced by Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA). CGS urged lawmakers to pass the bill.

“The expansion of Pell is critical to helping low-income students reach their fullest potential,” said Dr. Suzanne T. Ortega, president of CGS. “Being able to use any extra years of eligibility towards a graduate program will enable students the opportunity to get jobs that require a graduate degree at entry level. This is also a win for the U.S. workforce and the growing need for workers with specialized skills at master’s and doctoral levels.”

Careers requiring a graduate degree are projected to comprise the fastest-growing segment of the workforce through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.