Arizona Pell Grant
Arizona had 510,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 6% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant. A total of $1.9 billion dollars were allocated to these 510,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of Arizona received an above average Pell Grant total distribution amount when compared to all states due to more students attending Arizona trade / vocational schools and Private schools. The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,657 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 108,000 Arizona students that attended the Arizona Public School System received $373 Million in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, Arizona state universities, as well as University of Arizona Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,434 per student, which is lower than the state average Pell Grant award.
Arizona Private Schools had 644 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents less than 1% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant in Arizona. Private school students tend to be able to afford college due to their familyís financial background, scholarship opportunities, and more financial aid options available, which is why not many private schools students can qualify for a Pell Grant. The main purpose of a Pell Grant is to give opportunity to students that otherwise would not be able to attend college. Private students usually have financial aid options that arenít available to students that attend a public college or trade/vocational school. The total Pell Grant award amount for Private School students was $2.2 Billion, which represents an average award amount of $3,481. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is much lower than the public school award amount, since more private financial aid is available.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in Arizona received $1.5 Billion in Pell Grant awards, which represents 79% of the total award distribution amongst Arizona Pell Grant recipients. The $1.5 Billion was distributed to 400,000 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $3,718. The trade and vocational school students received more than the Arizona Pell Grant average award amount. Students that attend a vocational or trade school usually need more financial assistance and are trying to improve their standard of living.