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PELL GRANTS

The Pell Institute does not administer or collect data on Pell grants; however, since we often receive queries we have provided the information below as a resource.



For more than 30 years, the Federal Pell Grant program has served as the federal floor of support for needy students. Created in 1972 and originally named the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant, the program was renamed in 1980 for Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI), to honor his efforts in creating the program.

Pell Grants are awarded to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 6,000 participating postsecondary institutions. The grants do not have to be repaid. Grant amounts are dependent on the student's expected family contribution (EFC), the cost of attending the institution, whether the student attends full-time or part-time, and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less. The maximum award amount is set by the U.S. Congress, and the program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

This page contains links to additional information about the Federal Pell Grant Program, including programmatic information for students, parents, and others who may be interested. In addition, we have also provided links to research and analysis conducted on the Pell Grant Program and Pell Grant recipients.



U.S. Department of Education

Federal Pell Grant Program

Federal Student Aid Handbook–Pell Grant Program (.pdf)

Technical guide to determining eligibility for, calculating award amounts, and disbursing awards.

2007-2008 Federal Pell Grant Program End-of-Year Report (.pdf)

Includes a brief summary of the history and purpose of the program as well as the criteria for administering awards. Summarizes key information about the Pell Grant program and its recipients (background characteristics, type of institution attended, enrollment pattern, etc) for the 2007-2008 school year.

2006-2007 Federal Pell Grant Program End-of-Year Report (.pdf)

Includes a brief summary of the history and purpose of the program as well as the criteria for administering awards. Summarizes key information about the Pell Grant program and its recipients (background characteristics, type of institution attended, enrollment pattern, etc) for the 2006-2007 school year.

Federal Student Aid Portal

Comprehensive web resource for prospective/current college students.

The Student Guide 2005-2006 (.pdf)

Provides information on federal student aid programs for prospective/current college students. Includes a brief description of the Pell Grant program.

Completing the FAFSAฎ 2017–18 (.pdf)

This document provides information to help you complete and submit the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAฎ). It provides a brief overview of the FAFSA and the financial aid application process. Then, it lists the help and hints that are provided for each question of the FAFSA.



The Pell Institute

Demography Is Not Destiny — Increasing the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students at Large Public Universities (.pdf)

What accounts for the differences in retention and graduation rates among large public colleges and universities that serve high numbers of low-income students? To answer this question, the Pell Institute conducted a study to examine the institutional characteristics, practices, and policies that might account for such differences. This study, funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education, continues previous research conducted by the Pell Institute that analyzed retention policies and practices at smaller public and private four-year institutions with high percentages of low-income students.

In this report, we describe differences in institutional policies and practices, as well as commonalities among the higher-performing institutions. We discuss differences between the findings from the previous study (Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students) and this one. Finally, we consider if practices aimed at improving overall graduation rates also work for low-income students, and offer recommendations for institutions. It is our hope that the cumulative results of our two studies will be instructive for policymakers and practitioners who seek to improve the chances for success for low-income students in higher education.

Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students (.pdf)

As a group, colleges that serve large percentages of low-income students have lower graduation rates than other colleges. However, among the colleges that serve low-income students there is also considerable variation in graduation rates, differences that suggest a strategy for studying and improving college outcomes.

This report presents the findings of a study designed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education to identify the institutional characteristics, practices, and policies that might account for differences in retention and graduation rates among colleges and universities that serve high concentrations of low-income students. The Lumina Foundation for Education supported the study in an effort to learn and share effective practices for fostering student success.