Senator Murray Statement on Pell Grant Eligibility Restoration

(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the announcement from the U.S. Department of Education that they will begin restoring Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended now-closed schools.


“I am pleased that the Department of Education is taking this step that I pushed for and finally restoring Pell Grants for students previously enrolled in dishonest, failed colleges. This is an important step to provide relief to students, but it can’t be the last one—and I am going to keep pushing this Administration to put students and borrowers ahead of for-profit colleges and Wall Street investors.”


Last October, Senator Murray was the first Member of Congress to recommend that the Department restore Pell Grant eligibility for students impacted by the collapse of Corinthian Colleges, ITT Tech, and other closed schools using existing authority under the Higher Education Act.