Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is a co-lead of the Go to High School, Go to College Act, a bipartisan bill that establishes a pilot program to allow low income high school students enrolled in college courses to access the Pell Grant program. This legislation would give students the opportunity to earn up to two semesters worth of college credit before drawing down from their 12 semester Pell Grant limit, ensuring that students participating in dual enrollment programs are not penalized financially from trying to find the college right for them.
“Access to higher education is far too often reserved for those whose parents can afford to pay for it,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Additionally, completion rates are often directly tied to income status. I’m hopeful that this bipartisan legislation will show students of every income level that college is a worthy and attainable goal. As the first person in my immediate family to graduate college, I know firsthand the difficulties that can arise when finding a school.”
This bipartisan, bicameral proposal offered by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D - OH) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), along with Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Warner (D -VA), would improve secondary and postsecondary outcomes for students and maximize the efficiency of federal student aid.