President Barack Obama has announced in his fiscal year 2012 budget the possibility of eliminating funding for Pell Grants. Kirkwood Community College Washington Center Director Nancy Rash says if this elimination would be a huge impact at Kirkwood. She says many students that rely on Pell Grants would have to take out a student loan that would create thousands of dollars of debt since you do not have to pay back a Pell Grant.
Rash notes the economy has caused many to go back to school. She says some are attending classes now to either get a degree or are going to receive training.
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