Pell grants

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is pleading with school administrators to help prevent for-profit colleges efforts to recruit their students.

His comments came during a statewide meeting of school principals Monday.

Citing studies that show the average graduate of a for-profit college makes less than a high school drop-out, Durbin says he’s sometimes questioned by students about why the federal government awards Pell grants for them to attend bad schools.

Low-income high school students enrolled in college courses can now qualify for federally funded Pell Grants.

This week, the Department of Education announced an experiment involving 44 U.S. colleges — including Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg.

Bustos pushes for year-round federal school grants

May 9, 2013

To help them complete their education, students should be able to attend college year-round. And that's the goal of a bill introduced Thursday by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos - the Access to Education and Training Act.