Issues: Pell Grants

Tonight’s presidential candidates held widely different views about the future of financial aid and Pell grants for college students, a fact that may have had a great influence on the  votes cast by Robert Morris University students.

Stephanie Hendershots, RMU’s director of financial aid, said that over 1,400 students at Robert Morris qualified for Pell grants last year.

According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, President Barack Obama increased funding by 19.4 billion dollars in the last four years, and he plans to continue this funding if re-elected. The same source also said that Governor Mitt Romney is critical of increased Pell Grant spending and wants to re-direct Pell Grant Dollars only to those he says need it most.

The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid office said that the amount students can receive depends on their financial need, cost of attendance, and status as a student.

RMU students will be among the 9.6 million students in the U.S. waiting to hear what effect tonight’s’ election will have on their Pell Grant status.