In 50 years, the Pell Grant has helped over 80 million people go to college : Code Switch The cost of college has been on everyone's minds, especially with student debt cancellation. Pell Grants are one way many low income students have managed to pay for college. And they exist in large part because of one Black woman who often goes unmentioned.

In 50 years, the Pell Grant has helped over 80 million people go to college

In 50 years, the Pell Grant has helped over 80 million people go to college

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The Pell Grant has helped 80 million students go to college.

Josie Norton for NPR

Everybody's talking about the cost of college, especially with the Biden administration's student debt release initiative. Pell Grants are one way many low income students have managed to pay to continue their studies. In fact, for the past 50 years, over 80 million people have used Pell Grants to pay for higher education. And they exist, in large part, because of one Black woman who often goes unmentioned.