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.

Comments (3)
  1. tan pup says:

    YEP, bail out the banks, the car companies, the CEOs and keep cutting the taxes of the rich; anything that helps the normal person trying to do better for their own lives, and the republicans and the patsy democrates do all they can to keep anyone else from succeeding! Yet these same people who are cutting these program and stealing the futures for the young, benefited from these same programs!

  2. Stop crying says:

    I worked and went to school I have 0$ in student loans I borrowed from no one. Can these young adults do the same thing?

  3. The REAL, real Jake says:

    Go in the military for 3 or 4 years then use the GI bill you’ve earned when you get out.. Its not like there will be a job waiting for you when you graduate to pay back the loans you would’ve had to take out if you didn’t go in.