Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Pell Grant Data Incomplete, Report Says

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Pell Grant Data Incomplete, Report Says

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No one knows how big a dent Pell Grants are making in the nation's need for college financing. Though the federal government spends more than $12 billion a year for the grants, it doesn't collect data on how many eligible students don't apply. And without reliable estimates, the Department of Education can't ensure access to the grants, reach out properly to those who need the money or know how well the program is working, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office called "Means-Tested Programs: Information on Program Access Can Be an Important Management Tool."

"We were unable to estimate a participation rate for the Pell Grant program because we were unable to assess the reliability of data on the family income of students that did not apply for federal financial assistance," the report says.

The process may scare some applicants off. The Government Accountability Office quoted some officials as saying that "the Pell Grant application is very long and complicated and can be difficult for students and their parents to complete." The report goes on to note that "staff from an organization in St. Paul, Minn., dedicated to assisting low-income students to access higher education told us that many low-income students in the area would not be able to complete the forms correctly without their assistance. …

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