Many high school seniors are receiving their college admission letters this month, and by April, schools will notify families of the amount of aid, if any, they’ll receive to help pay tuition and other costs.

Students matriculating this fall are in for an unpleasant surprise: They’ll likely get less assistance from the federal government. Last week Congressional Republicans proposed cutting the maximum Pell Grant — the main source of help for low-income families — by 15 percent to $4,015. President Obama’s proposal would maintain the Pell Grant but slash other student aid programs.

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