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Student Protest Proposed Cuts To Pell Grant Program

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Minnesota college students are upset over proposed cuts to the Pell Grant program. And they want lawmakers to know about it.

Students delivered a petition at the State Capitol Monday morning.

They oppose a proposal in the U.S. House to cut the program by more than $4 billion.

Michael Flannery says his education would not be possible without the help.

“I am an example of how the Pell Grant aides in student success. I graduated with a high GPA, a membership in the International Honor Society and experience in student leadership,” he said. “Without help from the Pell, those accomplishments would have taken a back seat to simply trying to work or borrow enough money to pay for school.”

Most Pell Grants are given to families earning less than $20,000 a year.

Nearly 140,000 college students rely on Pell grants in Minnesota.

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