Senator Jon Tester is criticizing efforts to slash student financial aid.Tester says that Pell Grants are the key to good jobs and wiping them out would "cut our economy down". Tester spoke on the floor of the Senate about the importance of access to higher education, today.  He says Pell Grants allow people to train for better jobs and spur economic growth.

 

A recently proposed House of Representatives budget would cut Pell Grants by $3-point-6 billion dollars. Pell Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid.  They are awarded based on financial need.