ERIC Number: ED537844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-28
Reference Count: 2
Seeking Assistance: Who Gets Financial Aid at California Community Colleges. MPR Research Brief
Woo, Jennie H.
MPR Associates, Inc.
California community colleges (CCC) enroll nearly one-quarter of the nation's community college students. Low fees and open-admission policies in this sector provide critical access to many students who otherwise might not attend college. This is particularly true of low-income students, at least one-quarter of all CCC students. Even though CCCs have the lowest average fees of any state two-year public system and a generous financial aid program to waive fees for low-income students, money is still a barrier to college access. Students must still find ways to pay for books and supplies, food, housing, and transportation costs. The federal Pell grant was designed to help very low-income students pay college expenses, but fewer than 230,000 degree-seeking students at CCCs receive them (about 10 percent). In 2006-07 students received an average Pell award of just under $2,300. This study examines data on low-income community college students in California to determine who among them received Pell grants and why so many poor students apparently do not benefit from this program. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Transportation, Community Colleges, Grants, Two Year College Students, Fees, Low Income Groups, Profiles, Financial Aid Applicants
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program