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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Where Do Democratic Presidential Candidates Stand on Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students?

Inside Higher Education reports that several of the top Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination favor the repeal of a long-standing prohibition on the use of Pell Grants by currently incarcerated students. From Inside Higher Education: "[Senator Bernie] Sanders, along with Senate Democrats and presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Michael Bennett, has signed on to co-sponsor the REAL Act, legislation introduced by Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, to reinstate Pell Grants for incarcerated students." A notable exception to this list is former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE), the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination, who has not yet commented on the topic.

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