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S. 2498: Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 18, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 2498


September 18, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Hirono, and Mr. Brown) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to clarify the Federal Pell Grant duration limits of borrowers who attend an institution of higher education that closes or commits fraud or other misconduct, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pell Grant Restoration Act of 2019.


Federal Pell Grant duration limits

Section 401(c)(5) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a(c)(5)) is amended—


by striking (5) The period and inserting the following:

(5) Maximum period.—


In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the period

; and


by adding at the end the following:




In general

Any Federal Pell Grant that a student received during a period described in subclause (I) or (II) of clause (ii) shall not count towards the student’s duration limits under this paragraph.


Applicable periods

Clause (i) shall apply with respect to any Federal Pell Grant awarded to a student to attend an institution—


during a period—


for which the student received a loan under this title; and


for which the loan described in item (aa) is forgiven under—


section 437(c)(1) or 464(g)(1) due to the closing of the institution;


section 455(h) due to the student’s successful assertion of a defense to repayment of the loan; or


section 432(a)(6), section 685.215 of title 34, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation), or any other loan forgiveness provision or regulation under this Act, as a result of a determination by the Secretary or a court that the institution committed fraud or other misconduct; or


during a period for which the student did not receive a loan under this title but for which, if the student had received such a loan, the student would have qualified for loan forgiveness under subclause (I)(bb).