New report makes suggestions for rethinking Pell grants

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It's easy to see that the circumstances of 18-year-old high school graduates beginning their bachelor’s degree programs at four-year residential colleges are quite different from the circumstances of 30-year-old single parents seeking short-term occupational certificates to find jobs paying a living wage. Assessing their ability to pay for education requires different information, and advising them about appropriate educational paths would involve very different judgments even if they had the same capacities and educational backgrounds. That there is a continuum of students between these examples does not diminish the need to differentiate, but it does make drawing lines more difficult. The report addresses these issues.

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