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Congress Expands Access to Postsecondary Education and Training for Low-income Adults

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Publication Date: September 2007

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Amy-Ellen Duke; Julie Strawn

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Education (Colleges and universities)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


On September 7, Congress enacted H.R. 2669, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The act substantially helps nontraditional students, such as working adults and older youth, by expanding grant aid and simplifying access to aid. In particular, the act increases the maximum Pell Grant and lets working low-income adults keep more of their earnings. CLASP applauds members of the SenateÂ’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the HouseÂ’s Education and Labor Committee for recognizing the particular challenges faced by low-income working adults and acting to address many of them in this legislation.