Missoulian: Plan to cut Pell grants disappoints Montana college financial aid advocates

Montana student financial aid advocates voiced concern Monday for the U.S. House’s proposed cuts to federal college financial aid for low- and middle-income students.

The Republican-controlled House passed a resolution last month that included significant cuts in the Pell grant program, among others, in an effort to save $100 billion in the current fiscal year. The resolution now awaits action by the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.

In a conference call Monday, financial aid officials at the University of Montana and Carroll College expressed disappointment in Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg’s vote to cut Pell money for some of Montana’s poorest students.

UM associate director of enrollment services Terri Gruba and Carroll College director of financial aid Janet Riis were joined on the call by Rich Williams, Montana Public Interest Research Group’s higher education advocate.

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