Election 2012 and Education
Pell Grants will likely stay in the budget, but don't be looking for increases.
The American Opportunity Tax Credit was extended through December 2012 by the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010. While the President is for extending the credit, it's definitely not a done deal at this point.
The Lifetime Learning Credit will likely remain as is, at least for the time being.
Subsidized Stafford Loans are provided currently at a 3.4% interest rate. That is only good for loans made through July 2013. After that, the interest rate is set to jump to 6.8% without Congressional intervention. It probably won't be an issue in the Senate, but the Republican controlled House may not be interested in extending the lower rate.
You may have noticed that all of the above will have an effect on those with a family income under $160,000 or so. Upper income families don't qualify for any of these now. So, even with President Obama's re-election, all is not rosy for the lower and middle classes.