“As educators and leaders of higher education institutions and organizations, we know that when
students and their families are unable to meet core living and housing needs or face higher costs,
the students are less likely to pursue and continue with their educational and career pathways.
While Pell Grants and other non-cash benefits that provide education, child development,
employment, and job training are not included in the specified public benefits, we believe the
proposed regulations will have damaging consequences, affecting students, families, and
campuses across the nation. We are very concerned that many eligible immigrant students may
mistakenly avoid applying for Pell or other financial aid and will be unable to afford higher
education. Indeed, the Association of Community College Trustees and other higher education
associations have received reports of students turning down Pell and financial aid awards in fear
of repercussions from the changes to public charge” See the links below for the full statement.