Assumption Supports Effort to Double Pell Grants for Students in Need

Aug. 10, 2021
Photo of a college student in a classroom promoting an effort to double federal Pell Grants

Assumption University has partnered with several colleges and universities across the nation to support a national campaign to double the maximum Pell Grant – from $6,500 to $13,000 — to help more students achieve the dream of earning a college degree. Pell Grants help nearly 7 million low- and moderate-income students attend and complete college annually. 

During the 2020-2021 Academic Year, 411 students--18 percent of Assumption undergraduates-- received a federal Pell Grant totaling $1,911,652. The average award per student was $4,651.

Nearly 90 percent of Pell Grant funds benefit students with a family income below $50,000. Congress is currently considering proposals to increase the maximum Pell Grant by a total of $1,875. While that represents an improvement, it does not go nearly far enough.

Students, families, alumni, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact their members of Congress to urge them to support this effort to increase access to affordable higher education opportunities for students with a demonstrated need by doubling the maximum Pell Grant award. 


“The Pell Grant program has provided access and opportunity to countless numbers of students, including Assumption students, to pursue a college degree,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption University. “Pell Grants provide transformational opportunities to students in need through additional and much needed financial aid. I am hopeful that members of the Assumption community will join this effort to remove obstacles for students to pursue a degree, increase access to higher education, and provide life-changing opportunities to future leaders and innovators.”

The campaign is led by Double Pell Alliance, a coalition of higher education associations, organizations, and advocacy groups committed to doubling the maximum Pell Grant by the 50th anniversary of the creation of the program in June 2022.