New DoEd Program Announcement!
The U.S. Department of Education (DoED) has released a new program through the Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI) for a limited number of post-secondary institutions that participate in financial aid to allow their students enrolled in dual credit programs to be eligible for federal Pell grants.
Interested schools need to send a letter of interest by February 1, 2016. The objectives are to learn if Pell funding can expand opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds to participate in dual enrollment.
Under this experiment, participating institutions will be provided a waiver of the specific statutory and regulatory provisions that prevent students who are enrolled in secondary school from receiving Federal Pell Grants for enrollment in title IV-eligible postsecondary programs.
Furthermore, particularly interest will be paid to dual enrollment arrangements that are aligned with post-secondary degrees and credentials in high-demand fields including Advanced Manufacturing and STEM, and those aligned with career pathways and other career preparation programs. Please note that it is required that at least twelve secondary credits be recognized as post-secondary credits. This initiative could be the forerunner of allowing Pell Grants to be used for the attainment of industry certifications, such as MSSC CPT and CLT. Several organizations, including the influential National Skills Coalition, are presently advocating the use of Pell Grants for students pursuing industry certifications.