I. ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS A. Expand Pell Grant Eligibility to High-Quality, Short-Term Programs The Federal Government spends tens of billions of dollars each year in grants for postsecondary education. However, the vast majority of these funds are available only to help pay for courses that meet certain time and/or length requirements. This model is becoming outdated given the expansion of shortterm education and workforce development programs that teach relevant skills and help individuals secure well-paying jobs. For example, Pell Grants are generally available only to students who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree and who are enrolled in institutions of higher education offering degree programs of at least 600 clock hours or 15 weeks in length. Pell Grants are not available for individuals pursuing shorter-term certifications, including persons who are in skilled trades and who are achieving certifications as part of an apprenticeship program. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can fund some of these types of education, but its funding is broadly distributed across a variety of workforce development efforts. Expanding Pell Grant eligibility to high-quality, short-term programs would allow individuals to use Pell Grants to pay for short-term programs that lead to a credential or certification in an in-demand field. There is no “one size fits all” approach to postsecondary education. Rather, there are multiple pathways to success for students, and Federal law should enable students to explore and access these pathways. It is of utmost importance that, as Pell recipients are given greater flexibility in spending grant dollars, measures are undertaken to 51
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