Brenda French-Jeffryes made about $20,000 a year as a hairstylist before enrolling at Fort Lewis College in Durango in hopes of getting a higher-paying job to support her two college students and an eighth-grader. French-Jeffryes and her sons attend college with help from federal need-based Pell grants, so she had three reasons to cheer the federal stimulus law that raises the maximum Pell grant per award year from $4,731 to $5,350 on July 1, according to the Associated Press. The amount would rise to $5,550 next year. She said she is paying about $3,200 per semester in tuition and fees...

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