Pell Funding Strain Eases: No Shortfall Until 2017
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released estimates last week indicating that they expect the Pell Grant Program to be on sure financial footing through the fiscal year (FY) 2016 (award year 2016-17). However, FY 2017 (award year 2017-18) is expected to face a funding shortfall of $2.3 billion. This represents good news in the short-term, as it means other student aid programs will not have to be cut or modified to shore up Pell funding. The long-term fiscal health of the program is less stable, according to the CBO, which projects a cumulative shortfall of $38 billion over the next 10 years.