STATEMENT FROM CHANCELLOR JAMES B. MILLIKEN
ON RESTORATION OF YEAR-ROUND PELL GRANTS  

“The City University of New York applauds the federal government’s restoration of year-round Pell Grants, which have, for decades, provided essential assistance to lower income students.  This is great news for current and prospective CUNY students.  It will enable many students to attend summer school with reduced tuition or no tuition, and it will give them needed support to achieve their academic goals without having to take on debt.

“CUNY is proof that Pell Grants work and provide extraordinary opportunities to some of our city’s most talented students. With approximately 117,000 Pell-eligible undergraduates attending CUNY colleges, this restored benefit – providing up to 150 percent of a student’s maximum Pell award for the academic year – is critically important in allowing students to maintain their academic momentum, in many instances by continuing their studies through the summer.  Fifty-seven percent of CUNY undergraduates attend college tuition-free due to full tuition coverage by Pell Grants and New York State TAP awards.  Combined with Governor Cuomo’s new Excelsior Scholarship program, year-round Pell Grants will increase the number of students attending college tuition-free and obtaining the diplomas that can change lives and accelerate careers.

“The restoration of year-round Pell Grants will help expand college access, raise graduation rates and improve career prospects for our graduates as they enter the 21st-century workforce.”