Published: April 28, 2021

The University of Colorado Boulder joins hundreds of other educational institutions across Colorado and the nation in supporting President Biden’s bold and wide-ranging education funding proposals.  

We are particularly supportive of the president’s proposals to double the Pell Grant and expand Pell eligibility and free college for dreamers, as well as provide meaningful support for the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges and minority-serving institutions (MSIs).  

The federal Pell Grant program is the nation’s foundational investment in higher education. Pell Grants help nearly 7 million low- and moderate-income students attend and complete college annually. This investment to increase Pell Grants will drive economic recovery, help address racial and economic inequities and increase educational attainment here in Colorado and nationwide.

As a first-generation college student, I know how going to college makes a difference in students’ lives. One student’s transformation alters the trajectory of entire families for generations.

The benefits of higher education deepen opportunities for families, which in turn expand throughout our communities, cultures and industries.

I applaud all these proposals and urge congressional support for the future of our students, families and the nation for generations to come.

Philip DiStefano

Chancellor Philip DiStefano

CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano