More money for college included in health care bill

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More money for college included in health care bill

The Oxford Press – MIDDLETOWN — More than 22,000 Ohio students will receive additional money for college following the U.S. House of Representatives’ 220-207 vote late Thursday, March 25, to approve the Senate’s reconciliation health care bill.

In one of the less publicized sections of the federal health care package, there would be an estimated $1.2 billion additional in Pell Grants for Ohio students over the next 10 years, according to Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

There also would be an additional $13 million to support Ohio’s historically black colleges and universities along with approximately $22 million to continue the state’s College Access Challenge Grant to promote college-readiness for low-income students.

“This is a victory for college students and middle class families,” Brown said. “For too long, our country has paid private lenders to make loans that the federal government can and does make directly for less money. By redirecting these funds, this bill is good for taxpayers and good for our economic competitiveness.”

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