Banks and Braun Introduce New Pell Grant Flexibility Act
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

On Tuesday, Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced companion versions of the Pell Flexibility Act of 2019 in both the House of Representatives and Senate. The legislation would reform the Pell Grant program to allow for grants to be used by students in skills-based programs, in order to address the widening skills gap in America.

Banks said, “There are currently 100,000 jobs in Indiana that are unfilled due to a worker shortage in technical and skilled fields. We need to do more to equip students with the knowledge and training they need to find a job after graduation, and that begins with restructuring federal grant money to prioritize highly demanded skills. Pell Grant flexibility is a common-sense step in the right direction, and is a top priority of our Governor, Eric Holcomb.”

Said Sen. Braun, “As a business owner who has hired hundreds in my career, I know first-hand there is a workforce skills gap. This legislation will address that crisis, improve job placement and reduce student debt by prioritizing skills-based programs.”

Stay tuned for more updates on this legislation that effects not only Hoosier students, both students all across the U.S.