A Plea to Cut Pell Wisely

These are painful times for supporters of the Pell Grant Program. With deficit-reduction frenzy astir in this city, the federal government's primary financial aid program for needy college students is square in the sights of budget cutters, many of whom profess support for the program but say it has become too big and too unsustainable not to be a target. The program has increased by about 150 percent since 2005-6, from $14.4 billion then to an estimated $34.4 billion in 2010-11. A Plea to Cut Pell Wisely