Pell Grant Cuts Have Disproportionate Impact On Troy University

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Pell grant cuts that cost nearly 5,000 Alabama college students their federal aid this fall are having a disproportionate impact on one state university.

Roughly 1,400 -- some 28 percent of those who lost their Pell grants this year -- hailed from Troy University, Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said today.

"It's been a challenge and it could be an even greater challenge as we come to grips with this fiscal cliff," he said. "I'm not sure what impact that's going to have beyond what we've already projected."

The losses stem from changes in the Pell grant program that limit recipients to 12 full-time semesters of aid in their lifetime as a means to curb climbing costs in the program.

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