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ERIC Number: ED537861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-2
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Financial Aid at California Community Colleges: Pell Grants and Fee Waivers in 2003-04. MPR Research Brief
Berkner, Lutz; Woo, Jennie
MPR Associates, Inc.
In 2003-04 over half a million students attending the 109 California community colleges received about one billion dollars in financial aid to help meet their college expenses. Nearly all of the aided students received Board of Governors Fee Waivers to cover their enrollment fees. Less than one-half of the aided students also received federal Pell grants to help cover other education expenses, such as books and supplies, food, housing, and transportation costs, while enrolled. The purpose of this research brief is to describe some important aspects of financial aid use by community college students in California, with a focus on Pell grants, BOG fee waivers, and federal aid (FAFSA) applications. Examining students' FAFSA submissions is especially important because the financial difference to students between applying and not applying for federal aid can be enormous. In 2003-04, students who applied for federal aid and were awarded Pell grants received an average of almost $3,700 in "total" financial aid. In contrast, students who received only BOG fee waivers were given an average of about $320 in total aid. (Contains 8 figures and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program