The Obama administration announced that thanks to an experimental program low income students will see PELL grants expanded to some high schoolers.

PELL Grants Expanded To Some High SchoolersThousands of students will receive federal Pell grant money for college courses while they are still in high school. Approximately 10,000 students will be helped.

When students take college classes through dual enrollment programs, they will be eligible for PELL grant assistance. These programs allow high school students to earn college credit at local colleges while still in high school.

“A postsecondary education is one of the most important investments students can make in their future. Yet the cost of this investment is higher than ever, creating a barrier to access for some students, particularly those from low-income families,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

PELL grants do not need to be repaid, and are for low income students.  The department is hoping to continue this experimental site program for four years, covering students throughout high school.

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