Illinois Pell Grant
Illinois had 340,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 4% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant. A total of $1.2 billion dollars were allocated to these 340,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of Illinois received an above average Pell Grant total distribution amount when compared to all states due to higher Cost of Attendance, more lower income students in the state, and more students attending Illinois trade / vocational schools. The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,633 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 173,000 Illinois students that attended the Illinois Public School System received $596 Million in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, Illinois state universities, as well as University of Illinois Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,455 per student, which is lower than the state average Pell Grant award.
Illinois Private Schools had 45,000 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents 13% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant in Illinois. 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 $177 Million, which represents an average award amount of $3,931. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is much higher than the public school award amount, since private school costs are much higher than Illinois public colleges.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in Illinois received $460 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 37% of the total award distribution amongst Illinois Pell Grant recipients. The $460 Million was distributed to 121,000 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $3,775. The trade and vocational school students received more than the Illinois Pell Grant average award amount. Students that attend a vocational or trade school usually need more financial assistance due to their low income status and are trying to improve their standard of living.