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Pell Grants Spared, Graduate Student Funds Cut in Debt-Ceiling Deal

Pell Grants Spared, Graduate Student Funds Cut in Debt-Ceiling Deal
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There’s good news and bad news about education funding under the debt ceiling deal. Subsidized federal student loans for undergraduates have been spared, but most funding for graduate students in the form of an in-school subsidy on federal loans will be eliminated.

The proposal provides $17 billion for the Pell Grant program for low-income college students; the Senate had proposed $18 billion for the program, which is expected to have an $11 billion shortfall this year, says the Chronicle of Higher Education. However, the proposal eliminates the federal subsidized graduate student loan program, for an estimated savings of $26.3 billion from 2012 from 2021.

Here’s what the proposal says about eliminating the graduate student subsidy, which allowed those enrolled more than half-time in their studies to pay no interest on their student loans:

Beginning July 1, 2012, the bill would eliminate the interest subsidy on subsidized student loans for almost all graduate students while a borrower in school, in the post-school grace period, and during any authorized deferment period. (Certain post-baccalaureate students would still be eligible.) The current annual and cumulative loan limits for unsubsidized loans would be adjusted to permit students to borrow additional funds in the unsubsidized loan program. CBO [Congressional Budget Office] projects that, over the 2012-2021 period, the provision would shift approximately $125 billion in loan volume from the subsidized to the unsubsidized loan program. Because borrowers would be responsible for the interest accrued on those loans while in school, CBO estimates that this provision would reduce direct spending by $8.2 billion over the 2012-2016 period and $18.1 billion over the 2012 – 2021 period.

The New York Times Bucks blog also says that those with federal student loans would no longer receive incentive bonuses that some students now receive for making on-time payments.

As Think Progress notes, the lowest income graduate students “would still receive assistance for their loans thanks to newly-enacted Income Based Repayment (IBR), and this shift would not make graduate education any more expensive for those students.”

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9:14PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Well, I didn't want to get a Ph.D and now I have an excuse.

1:26AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Some people have a high school Diploma and they have jobs now. It depends on the support system to every person to accomplish life goals. People need to consider giving emotional, spiritual, support and kindness and encouragement to help each and every person -- man, women, child to achieve their true goals, and use their talent, and reafirm their self-worht -- so that as a people we all become stronger together and as individuals. I challenge you as people: let us work to not let one person, man, women, child miss out on living to their fullest -- by starting with one good thing that each person can and desires to do -- to help herself and others. This is the true goal -- not about about money, about talent and working to help one another to have all needs and some desires met at each different time period in a person's life.
I fully support the fact that high school or a GED, is a good thing for most people, or learning a trade if the above does not fit the person. Respect is more important.
College, University and Graduate school needs to be free in exchange for the students chosen volunteer work or work, or work created by the student that is approved by the faculty/ or community or a group as having value.
Thank You care2.

If students were offered half a day of school and half a day of work for graduate school, and under-grad, and PH.D's then we would have a fair and just system -- with this offer for all students -- the poor to the rich, those with con

11:57AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 & FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 & FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period. If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th. Stay Focuse

9:56PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Yvonne, Obama was against cuts in education and health; the Repubs (and some Democrats) held the 'debt ceiling' deal to ransom and 'no compromise' would have seen a catastrophic result not only for the US, but for the world at large, through the dominos effect. Don't blame Obama for the ills of the US; he's doing his absolute best to turn things around.

Once again, take the time to research the facts before throwing the country's best asset to the wolves!

5:47PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

This is just a fine idea - it's SO much easier to lead an uneducated populace around by their collective noses, cater to your every whim, and in short make serfs out of people who by reasons of circumstance, or birth don't have the money to get on in life.

2:21PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

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Time to move it move it.

Grab a pail and start to bail.

This boat is sinking.

Don M

1:15PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Cutting the entitlements to the corporate overlords would be the way to go, but trying to get any of the political puppets to even talk about that is never going to happen. The only way is to stop electing the guys the corporations run for us to vote for. They are hand picked and paid for just like Obama and Bush and Clinton and all of them a long way back. We aren't fighting political squabbles anymore, we are fighting for our lives.

11:31AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

11:10AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

While this is helpful for some it does not fix the overall problem of the cost of collage for all.

10:49AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

The new republican motto "If you ain't rich, then you don't matter"

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