Monday, December 19, 2011
Half a million students across the country and thousands in Tennessee and Georgia could lose their federal Pell grants for college if a proposal in Congress passes during the next few weeks of Washington budget talks. Many more students in Tennessee and Georgia and beyond could see their awards trimmed, officials said. Brenda Anderson, a 19-year-old sophomore at UTC, said she doesn't know how she will continue school if she loses some of her Pell grant. Already, the grant doesn't cover the cost of tuition. She has taken out loans and relied on scholarships to bridge the $2,000 gap each year, along with her living costs.