Rep. Carbajal Unveils Updated Bill to Expand Pell Grant, Improve College Affordability
Today, Congressman Salud Carbajal announced updated legislation to expand the Pell Grant and improve college affordability for students across California and the U. Congressman Carbajal’s Degrees Not Debt Act would double the maximum Pell Grant award to $13,800 a year, decreasing the amount of burdensome student loan debt for individuals pursuing higher education. “American college students owe nearly $2 trillion in student loans, and the tools that we have to prevent students from taking on additional debt to complete their education aren’t keeping up with the rising costs of higher education-even at our public colleges and universities,” said Congressman Carbajal. Congressman Carbajal was joined by Central Coast students to share their own experiences with the Pell Grant and their support for the legislation.
“The Pell Grant… enabled me to get myself back in school. “As a first-generation college student…the Pell Grant has greatly helped me achieve my goals. Carbajal was also joined by Saúl Quiroz, Director of the UCSB Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Degrees Not Debt Act has the endorsement of the Associated Students of UC Santa Barbara, and the Cal State Student Association, as well as the University of California system, the California State University system, Allan Hancock College, Cuesta College, and Santa Barbara City College.
Over seven million students across the county rely on Pell Grant to cover the costs of their higher education. Carbajal’s legislation, which he has introduced previously to increase the Pell Grant, was revised this year to double the current level of Pell Grants available. Congressman Carbajal’s vote in the House earlier this year helped raise the maximum Pell award from $6,495 to $6,895 for the 2022-2023 award year. Congressman Carbajal joined more than 100 Democrats in Congress in March in a letter urging President Joe Biden to extend the moratorium on student loan payments until December and to provide meaningful student debt cancellation.
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