California Pell Grant
California had 867,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 11% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant. A total of $3.3 billion dollars were allocated to these 867,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of California received the most Pell Grant funds out of all states mainly due to the higher than average Cost of Attendance that students have to pay in order to attend. The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,717 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 616,000 California students that attended the California Public School System received $2.3 Billion in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, California state universities, as well as University of California Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,672 per student, which is $46 less than the state average Pell Grant award.
California Private Schools had 46,859 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents only 4% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant. 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 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 $182 Million, which represents an average award amount of $3,887. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is over $200 more than the public school award amount, since the cost of attendance is usually much higher.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in California received $778 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 24% of the total award distribution amongst California Pell Grant recipients. The $778 Million was distributed to 204,000 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $3,819. The trade and vocational school students received $100 more than the California 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.