When it comes to education, President Obama is committed to making sure college is both affordable and attainable for middle class students and their families. That’s why he’s doubled funding for Pell Grants, helping 250,000 students statewide pursue their dreams of higher education.
While President Obama has demonstrated his commitment to keeping college affordable, the Romney-Ryan budget would cut these funds by up to 25%, further burdening middle class families. Instead, Romney wants to give more budget-busting tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
That’s $830 out of the pocket of every North Carolina college student.
This Saturday is the 40th anniversary of the Pell Grant program. Pell Grants have been critical in helping many students from across the state:
“I was the first person in my family to go to college. My mom and dad were so proud that I could go. A combination of scholarships and Pell Grants got me through in three-and-a-half years. Education means one thing: opportunity. It doesn't guarantee the outcome. But it gives a person a chance.” –Ken E., Raleigh, North Carolina
“I am from a first generation college student from Smithfield, NC. In May, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and President Obama's education policies; especially the doubling of Pell Grant funding has allowed me to graduate college with very little debt. I am very proud to say that I accepted a position with Teach for America and I am looking forward to teaching students in Eastern NC.”—Sardavia W., Greensboro, NC
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