H.R.3101: AID Act

Overview

The Achieving Independence through Degrees (AID) Act would:
• Increase the maximum annual Pell grant amount to $10,230 (from $6,195);
• Increase the total number of semesters of Pell grant eligibility to 15 (from 12);
• Extend Pell grant eligibility to certain short-term programs such as job training programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), among others;
• Increase disclosure requirements and access to financial counseling from financial institutions, for example, explaining that student borrowers are not obligated to accept the full amount of federal loans and that borrowers should first consider accepting all available grants, work-study programs, and scholarships.
• Eliminate the drug conviction provision for student eligibility.
• Exclude “living expenses” that are part of student loans from income in a determination of SNAP eligibility, including the “living expenses” portions of loans that have been deferred.

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Talking Points

  • The National Assembly supports this legislation to increase access to, and the amount of, Pell grants available to low-income students.
  • This bill would also make more students enrolled in jobs training eligible for Pell grants, and make it easier for students who are receiving Pell grants and other federal financial aid to obtain other public benefits, such as SNAP.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

High

Bill Number

H.R.3101

Date Introduced

June 05, 2019

Committee

House Agriculture Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled