Pell Grant Expansion Actually Hurts Low-Income Students

Neetu Arnold

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from an article originally published by The Hill on November 8, 2021, and is crossposted here with permission.


Free community college, a focal point of President Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending bill, may be off the table for now. But higher education reformers shouldn’t breathe a sigh of relief yet: This provision was only one of many meant to subsidize the already-bloated American higher education system. One important proposal is an expansion to the Pell Grant program, which has lured millions of academically ill-prepared students into expensive colleges. Expanding this inefficient program hurts not only taxpayers but also the low-income students it purports to help. . .

The full article can be read online here.


Neetu Arnold is senior research associate at the National Association of Scholars and the author of Priced Out: What College Costs America. Follow her on Twitter @neetu_arnold.

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