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Pell grant changes impact summer enrollment for Utah schools

Published: Tuesday, May 29 2012 11:06 a.m. MDT

A Utah Valley University student walks through the Sorenson Center on campus in Orem Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.rn

Jeffrey D. Allredy, Deseret News

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Changes to the federal Pell grants program made in the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act have reached Utah schools as fewer students enroll for the summer.

The bill, which was signed by President Barack Obama on April 15, 2011, eliminated the authority of the Secretary of Education to award two Pell grants during a single year.

For students at Utah Valley University, this meant that if the student received a Pell grant for both Fall and Spring semesters, the student would not be eligible for a Pell grant during the Summer semester.

The drop in students at UVU — which estimates about 600 fewer students are taking classes this summer compared to last — was expected.

Brigham Young University officials say they also anticipated an enrollment decline, and both schools have been aiming to boost summer enrollment through perks that include discounted tuition.

Read more at KSL.com.

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