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Pell grant cap raised

January 8, 2001

Low-income students can get extra help from the federal government to pay for college, thanks to a recently approved increase in the cap on Pell grants. After intense negotiations, Congress voted earlier this month to raise the maximum grant from $3,300 a year to $3,750. More than 3.8 million students nationwide received Pell grants in the 1999-2000 school year. Some 2,295 students at Austin Peay received Pell grants in that period, with aid totaling more than $4.2 million.