Education Department Extends Pell Grants to Dual Enrollment Programs

DOLLARS FOR DUAL: Low-income high school students will soon be able to apply Pell Grant funds to take college courses. The U.S. Department of Education has announced 44 colleges chosen to participate in a $20 million dual enrollment program. Up to 10,000 high school students in two dozen states will be eligible to use federal financial aid to take college classes in the 2016-17 school year, according to U.S. News and World Report. Nearly 80 percent of the institutions expected to participate in the experimental sites program are community colleges according to the ED. The initiative was announced last October, and eligible students in the program can receive Pell grants as early as July.

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