EXOP - Office of Administration

Excess Pell Grant Should Be Credited Back to U.S. Government

Pell Grant is an educational grant given by the US Federal Government to low income families and prioritizes families with lower average incomes that many be experiencing financial difficulties for paying for college tuition fees. The grant for each student ranges from $550 to $5,550. Many student ends up having excess Pell grant monies left over.



(1.) According to the website, if your Pell Grant was directly disbursed to your school account, excess of it will be issued by your school through a check if all your tuition, fees, boarding, and other education-related expenses have been paid. The excess Pell Grant Money is legitimately yours. I believe that the excess or unused Pell Grant Money should be credited back to the government and not given to the student.


(2.) The grant should be ultimately used for those boarding fees, books, supplies and not for computers, daily allowance for food, transportation fees, and other miscellaneous fees. Other items that it should not cover expenses like fuel and software. Basically items should be limited.



(3.) In addition, there should be a limit on pell issued to legal permanent residents compared to US citizens.



Idea No. 16981