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Budget Cuts Threaten the Pell Grant

by Dakota Makres


Proposed budget could possibly affect the Pell Grant.


Pellissippi’s Pell Grant could be in danger following proposed budget cuts in Washington D.C.

President Donald Trump proposed a budget for 2018 which cuts $3.9 billion from the Pell Grant. The proposed budget, which would cut $1.3 billion from the grant this year, is awaiting congressional approval.

Richard Smelser, financial aid director, says “67 percent of Pellissippi State students receive the Pell Grant,” stated Smelser.

Pellissippi State and the Tennessee state government offer many scholarships for students:


  • Tennessee Promise
  • Tennessee HOPE Scholarship
  • “Reconnect Now” offered by Pellissippi State
  • The Homeless Students Scholarship


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