Federal Pell education grants are extended to high school students. The Education Department says it will invest up to $20 million in the 2016-2017 school year - helping up to 10,000 students. High school students who take college courses through "dual enrollment" programs will be eligible. The programs allow the high school students to take classes at a local college, often earning college credit. Announced today, it's the latest expansion of the Pell program. In July, the Obama administration announced a pilot program to extend Pell money to some federal and state prisoners who will be able to take college courses while still behind bars.