The Department of Education announced it is expanding the Pell grant program to allow low-income high schoolers to apply for funds to cover up to a semester's credit at participating schools. The dual enrollment program is being introduced in Alabama and nearly two dozen states, with 44 colleges signing on to take part. In Alabama, the program will be offered at Wallace Community College in Hanceville starting this summer. About 80-percent of the schools participating in the pilot program are community colleges. The Department of Education is investing about $20-million to serve about 10,000 students nationwide. Unlike traditional student loans, Pell Grants are not required to be paid back.