First Federal Grants Provide College Aid To Lower-Income Students

1972

Congress passes the Basic Educational Opportunity Grants program – today called Pell Grants. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Pell Grants do not need to be repaid. They are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree and are a base of financial aid to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added.