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9 Facts About Pell Grants [infographic]

The Pell Grant is one of the most prized forms of financial aid — mostly because it is a grant, and does not have to be paid back. Each year, Pell Grants are awarded to low-income undergraduate students across the nation. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2010-11 academic year is $5,550. The actual amount each recipient will get depends on financial need, costs to attend school, full-time or part-time student status and whether a student will attend a full year or less.

Do you qualify for financial aid? Find out by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or by speaking with a financial aid advisor from a local college.

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9 Facts About Pell Grants [infographic]

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  1. Xxx Jun 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Please correct the many mistakes in this graphic. Pell Grants are not necessarily increasing. Their size will not rise from 2010-11 to 2011-12, and there are many questions about whether Congress will  fund future increases. Secondly, check your facts about the relationship between college costs and Pell Grant. Because Pell grant funding can cover just about all costs of attendance, the total cost of attending even a community college (including books, transportation, living, etc.) typically exceeds $10,000. As a result, someone with a 0 EFC would get the full Pell Grant no matter whether they attended a community college or Harvard.

    • Anonymous Jun 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Xxx, Interesting observations. Do you have any sources to back up your recommended changes? Our research and data for this came from reputable education and government sites. Remember the point of the graphic is to show the trends in Pell Grants. You are right that someone can get the full Pell Grant regardless of school, but current data shows that more Pell Grant money is going to the more expensive schools.

      We’d be happy to adjust the graphic if you could send us something credible.

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