United States Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri visited North Central Missouri College Tuesday afternoon to discuss Pell Grants and college affordability with students, educators, administrators, and community members.
Blunt is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Education.
He talked about the rise in the maximum Pell Grant award in the Fiscal Year 2018 government funding bill as well as the reinstatement of eligibility for year-round Pell Grants in the Fiscal Year 2017 government funding bill.
NCMC students Loureshca Liversage, Jamee Scearce, and Katelyn Galloway expressed appreciation to Blunt for his support of Pell Grants. NCMC Director of Financial Aid Kimberly Meeker reported 37% of NCMC students for the summer will receive Pell Grants. She also expressed appreciation to Blunt for taking the burden off of students who would have had to pay for college out-of-pocket or through student loans.
NCMC President Doctor Lenny Klaver proclaimed Tuesday as Senator Roy Blunt Day at the college. After Blunt’s discussion with the public, he told the media he intends for year-round Pell Grants to be long-term.
This year’s government funding bill also includes a 60 million dollar increase for Trio, a 75 million dollar increase for Career and Technical Education state grants, a 140 million dollar increase for federal work-study allocated to colleges and universities, a $107,000,000 increase for Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants to colleges and universities, and a $35,000,000 increase for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program.
It also helps address issues with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to cover borrowers who would otherwise be eligible for loan forgiveness but were enrolled in an ineligible repayment plan.