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SMART Grant HA-24-12-05
On Christmas Eve Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist contested the tyranny of Lockhart v.
“The eradication of illiteracy and the assurance of the right to universal access to culture, to free compulsory education at the elementary level and to free education at all levels; the raising of the general level of life-long education”
I write to share good news with you about a new
student aid initiative that represents a dramatic step toward promoting math
and science education and ensuring
The new student aid program I created is called a
SMART Grant. SMART Grants will provide $4000 per year to Pell
Grant-eligible students who maintain a 3.0 GPA and major in math, science,
engineering, technology, or foreign languages critical to national security
during their third and fourth years of college. That means a Pell
Grant-eligible student will obtain up to $8000 in additional assistance toward
the cost of college if he or she chooses to major in those fields. These
funds will incentivize more students to major in
these time-intensive studies and help
The bill also provides Academic Competitiveness Grants to first and second year students. $750 will go to first year students who complete a rigorous high school curriculum, and $1300 will go to second year students who complete a rigorous high school curriculum and maintain a 3.0 GPA in college. President Bush and Chairman Boehner (R-OH) deserve praise and credit for their leadership on these grants.
Please click here to view the chart that summarizes the tremendous college savings students can achieve through the SMART and Academic Competitiveness programs. SMART Grant recipients will save up to 75% on their college education!
The SMART and Academic Competitiveness Grants are authorized at $3.75 billion over five years and are paid for with program savings included in the budget deficit reduction bill approved by the Senate this morning.
These grants will help sustain