June 2, 2011 | | Leave a comment In a recent letter to members of the Labor, Health, Human Services and Education subcommittee, Congress urged support for maximum funding for Pell Grants, stating labor statistics show the necessity of higher education. What They Asked For Congress is asking for the approval of the maximum amount for Pell Grant funding as proposed by the President ($5,550 per person per school year). In the letter addressed to Chairman Denny Rehberg and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro, Congress called Pell Grants the, “cornerstone of our nation’s student aid program.” Over 9 million college students get financial assistance through the Pell Grant program. Why It Is Needed The Beau of Labor Statistics states that the unemployment rate for those without a college degree to be at 12%; while the unemployment rate for college grads is a mere 4.5%. Workers with at least an Associate’s Degree earn on average $25,000 more a year. The fastest growing industries in the United States demand a higher education. How to Get Yours Applying for a Pell Grant is easy. Go to the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.edu.gov. You will need to sign up for a PIN (if you don’t already have one) and fill out the online application which usually takes only about 15 – 20 minutes. You will also need the code of the school you will be attending. If you have questions about your grants visit www.collegepellgrant.org. Use Yours for an Online Degree Pell Grants will pay for an online degree. Online degrees carry the same weight as a traditional degree. The only difference is that, with an online degree, you get to go to school from the comfort of your home and at a time that fits your schedule. Get free information from a list of online schools at Classesandcareers.com.