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This letter is to encourage states to broaden their definition of approved training for Unemployment Insurance (UI) beneficiaries, to notify them of their potential eligibility for Pell Grants and other student aid, and to help individuals apply for Pell Grants through One-Stop Career Centers.

U.S. Department of Labor

This brief describes a new policy allowing students without a high school diploma or GED to qualify for federal student aid if they successfully complete six credits in lieu of passing an Ability-to-Benefit test. Basic skills bridge programs could be designed to help students earn the critical six credits.

*July 1, 2001: Please note, the recent Pell regulation changes have eliminated the Ability-to-Benefit option. We are keeping this resource in the Virtual Academy for historical purposes*

Julie Strawn
Center for Law and Social Policy