According to Inside Higher Ed, an increase to the maximum Pell Grant was passed by the House of Representatives but only for students attending nonprofit institutions. In “Using Pell to Police For-Profits?” the publication turned to education partner John Przypyszny for insight on how the provision raised questions about the appropriate way to hold for-profit colleges accountable.
“We’ve never distinguished student access to Title IV [Higher Education Act] programs based on the tax status of the institution a student chooses to attend, and … to start doing so now is a slippery slope as higher education becomes increasingly subject to partisan divisions,” said Przypyszny.
Inside Higher Ed also explained that if the Build Back Better Act is signed into law by President Biden, challenging the provision would be an uphill battle. “Once Congress passes a law, then you would have to argue that it’s unconstitutional, and that’s a more complicated question,” Przypyszny noted. “That said, there are often challenges to the implementation of laws that Congress passes. Look what happened with Obamacare.”