Pitiful Pell Grants

In his speech in Detroit, President Bush said, “And for those youngsters who cannot afford a community college, or for those workers who cannot, we’re going to increase the size of Pell grants to help them afford a community college — and/or a college education.”

Actually, President Bush’s budget will increase the top Pell grant only by $100 next year. At the same time, he eliminated the Perkins loan program, a program that helped about 673,000 students from low- and middle-income homes afford a college education last year.