From the Times:

Sarah Bana, 21, an economics major and student government activist at UC Irvine, was in Washington this week to lobby for the bill. "It was beautiful to see legislators finally speaking up for students and students' rights," she said. Bana, a senior, said she received a $3,400 Pell grant this year and about $12,400 in other financial aid. Pell grants "are definitely a big factor for me being able to come to college," she said. Nancy Coolidge, the UC system's coordinator of student financial support, said she was very pleased about the bill, especially its protection of the Pell grants. More than 55,000 UC students receive Pells, totaling about $200 million a year and averaging about $3,500 per UC recipient, she said.

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