President Donald Trump issued his infrastructure proposal Feb. 12, outlining spending $200 billion in federal funds. The White House says the proposal will spur $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments — a move that would affect Federal Pell Grant usage and Federal Work-Study Program funding.
Included in the proposal are provisions the White House says are dedicated to the American workforce and to policies that will help Americans secure stable, well-paying jobs.
“An infrastructure bill will generate new projects that directly increase employment in the construction industry, as well as boost the demand for labor more broadly as additional infrastructure investment spurs economic growth,” the proposal said. “The provisions outlined below will ensure our country has enough skilled workers to perform not only existing work but also fill the new jobs created by the bill."
The provisions referenced would expand Pell Grant eligibility to “high-quality, short-term” programs, essentially granting greater spending flexibility to recipients who prefer shorter-term certifications.
The provisions also offer to strengthen ties to the workforce for college students by way of reforming the Federal Work Study Program. The proposal argues FWS funds are disproportionately distributed to four-year non-profit and flagship public institutions.