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Biden seeks extra $400 a year in Pell grants for college and to expand aid to Dreamers

Finance
Alex Wong | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden asked Congress for a $ 400 annual increase in maximum Pell grants for college students as part of a budget proposal issued Friday.The president also called to broaden eligibility to undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.Pell grants are available to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need. Unlike loans, they generally don't have to be repaid.More from Personal Finance:New college grad job outlook looks promising for Class of 2021Biden tax plan may lead to more Roth retirement accountsMore colleges move to make vaccines mandatory for studentsIf adopted by Congress, Biden's budget would yield the largest one-time annual increase to the federal grants since 2009, according to the proposal, signed by Shal...
Spacewalkers take extra safety precautions for toxic ammonia

Spacewalkers take extra safety precautions for toxic ammonia

Technology
Spacewalking astronauts are back safe inside the International Space Station after ridding their suits of any toxic ammoniaBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 13, 2021, 8:34 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Spacewalking astronauts had to take extra safety precautions Saturday after possibly getting toxic ammonia on their suits from the International Space Station's external cooling system.Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins had no trouble removing and venting a couple of old jumper cables to remove any ammonia still lingering in the lines. But so much ammonia spewed out of the first hose that Mission Control worried some of the frozen white flakes might have gotten on their suits.Hopkins was surprised at the amount of ammonia unleashed...

The smallest businesses are getting extra PPP help. What to know before you apply

Finance
andresrThe smallest businesses that have had the most trouble accessing forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program will soon get extra help.The Biden administration on Monday announced changes for the pandemic aid program focused on helping small and minority owned firms as well as sole proprietors.For two weeks, starting Wednesday, the Small Business Administration will only accept applications for PPP loans from firms with fewer than 20 employees.The administration is also making several changes to the program, including increasing loan amounts for sole proprietors and individual contractors, eliminating restrictions around delinquent student loan debt and non-fraud felony convictions as well as allowing some non-citizen business owners to apply.Goal is to expand accessThe cha...
Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Health
Getty ImagesThere is to be a large expansion of the number of people being asked to shield in England.An extra 1.7 million people are expected to be added to the 2.3 million already on the list.Half of the group have not yet been vaccinated so will now be prioritised urgently by their local GPs.It comes after a new model was developed that takes into account extra factors rather than just health.This calculation includes things such as ethnicity, deprivation (by postcode) and weight to work out a person's risk of becoming seriously ill if they were to catch Covid.It also looks at age, underlying health issues and prescribed medications.Prof Andrew Hayward, a member of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), which has been involved in the modelling, said it ...

Extra unemployment benefits may be delayed for weeks, even if Congress passes Covid bill

Finance
Bill Clark | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesCongress is scrambling to finish work on a bipartisan Covid relief bill that would offer additional unemployment benefits and other assistance before a financial cliff looming at month's end.Yet out-of-work Americans may wait weeks to receive that aid, even if lawmakers pass legislation soon. The delay could be as short as a week or two into January or a much longer period extending into February, according to unemployment experts.More from Personal Finance:Watch out for this $ 1,200 stimulus check scamThese programs may help Americans who lose unemployment benefitsThe eviction crisis could increase the spread of CovidMany states use antiquated computer systems that make it difficult to code in new rules quickly. States are also contending wit...