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ERIC Number: ED569109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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Changes in Pell Grant Participation and Median Income of Recipients. Data Point. NCES 2016-407
Ifill, Nicole; Velez, Erin Dunlop
National Center for Education Statistics
This report is based on data from four iterations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a large, nationally representative sample survey of students that focuses on how they finance their education. NPSAS includes data on federal Pell Grant awards, which are need-based grants awarded to low-income students, primarily undergraduates. This Data Point examines how Pell Grant receipt and recipients' income have changed over time. The main criterion for Pell Grant eligibility is income. For dependent students, Pell Grant eligibility is based on parents' income, while for independent students, it is based on students' income (plus their spouses' income, if married). This brief report answers the questions: (1) Has the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants changed over time?; and (2) Has students' median family income changed over time? The following figures of mathematical data are included: (1) Percentage of students who received Pell Grants, by dependency status: 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12; and (2) Median family income in constant (2010) dollars of Pell Grant recipients, by dependency status: 1999-2000, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program
IES Funded: Yes