ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®
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On Tuesday, February 2, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Working Students Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, a companion bill to a version previously introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). The bill would adjust the income threshold for eligibility for Pell grants, a form of need-based financial aid under the Higher Education Act, to better reflect the needs of the 66 percent of students working full- or part-time to put themselves through postsecondary education.
Under the current system, federal law allows students to earn a certain amount of income through employment, known as the Income Protection Allowance (IPA), without impacting the amount of Pell aid they are eligible for. However, many students’ earnings exceed the existing threshold, which negatively affects their eligibility for financial aid – functionally penalizing them for working to support themselves while enrolled in postsecondary education. The Working Students Act would increase the IPA threshold by 35 percent, which would provide needed relief for these student populations.
ACTE applauds Rep. Duckworth and Sen. Baldwin’s work to support working students nationwide, and has endorsed the legislation. We encourage ACTE members and CTE advocates to share their support for the bill on social media using the hashtag #workingstudents, and to include this image in their outreach:
Posted by Sean Lynch on 02/03/2016 at 02:25 PM in HEA, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
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