Florida Pell Grant
Florida had 514,000 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 514,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of Florida 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 $3,749 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 307,000 Florida students that attended the Florida Public School System received $1.2 Billion in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, Florida state universities, as well as University of Florida Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,771 per student, which is higher than the state average Pell Grant award.
Florida Private Schools had 45,029 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents only 9% 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 $177 Million, which represents an average award amount of $3,929. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is close to $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 Florida received $593 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 31% of the total award distribution amongst Florida Pell Grant recipients. The $592 Million was distributed to 162,000 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $3,656. The trade and vocational school students received less than the Florida Pell Grant average award amount. Students that attend a vocational or trade school usually receive additional financial aid through Stafford and Perkin Loans to assist in paying for college.