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Feds expand Pell Grants

Posted: August 25, 2009 8:16 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons officials are encouraging all students to apply for federal Pell Grants and financial aid this year.

This year, the Pell Grants program, which awards money to cover educational expenses for college students based on need, has increased from a maximum of $4,731 to $5,350.

“A lot of students are coming back to school to get retrained or learn a new skill to find a job,” said COC Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Tom Bilbruck.

Last year, the community college gave out $2.7 million in unsubsidized student loans, and the 2008-2009 school year saw a 54 percent increase in Pell Grant applicants versus the previous year.

Bilbruck said that the lines at the financial aid office have been the longest he has seen in 10 years.

“I think the biggest mistake a student can make is to not apply at all,” he said.



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