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Congressman Scott Taylor to Host Education Roundtable, Press Conference on Expanding Pell Grant Eligbility

August 24, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215


Who: Congressman Taylor, staff, President Kolovani and James Toscano of Tidewater Community College joined by representatives of local and regional technical education institutions. 
What:  Congressman Taylor will be discussing education legislation he is set to introduce next month, the Professional Pell Education Learning (PROPEL) Act.
When:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 PM EST 
Where:  Tidewater Community College
K-320 Multi Purpose Room
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453 
Background:  Many states across the country, including Virginia, have thousands of unfilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree. Candidates for these jobs are sourced from trade and vocational schools that offer short-term certification programs. While some of these schools are eligible for Pell Grants, many fall short of the Department of Education’s current eligibility requirements, specifically in regards to accreditation and duration standards. As a result, Pell eligible students who do not want to embrace the traditional four-year college degree track are ineligible to receive federal financial aid to pursue these shorter-term certification programs. The Professional Pell Education Learning (PROPEL) Act would increase student choice by expanding the flexibility of Pell Grants to be utilized at trade and vocational schools. Modeled after the GI Bill, it allows nontraditional schools approved for GI benefits to be Pell Grant eligible.