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Washington -- The push to cut interest rates on student loans occupies center stage of the new Congress.
But Senate Democrats are working behind the scenes on plans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, including raising the limits on Pell Grants, the country's largest need-based educational grant program. Currently, about 5.3 million students take advantage of the program.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, said he will introduce legislation that will increase the maximum Pell Grant to $5,100 from the current limit of $4,050, where it has been frozen for the past three years.