Michigan Pell Grant
Michigan had 295,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 4% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant. A total of $1 billion dollars were allocated to these 295,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of Michigan received an above average Pell Grant total distribution amount when compared to all states due to a higher percentage of lower income students in the state and more students attending Michigan trade / vocational schools. The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,534 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 207,000 Michigan students that attended the Michigan Public School System received $736 Million in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, Michigan state universities, as well as University of Michigan Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,553 per student, which is equivalent to the state average Pell Grant award.
Michigan Private Schools had 58,000 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents 20% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant in Michigan. 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 $196 Million, which represents an average award amount of $3,396. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is much lower than the public school award amount, since private school students qualify for additional private scholarships and financial aid.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in Michigan received $109 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 10% of the total award distribution amongst Michigan Pell Grant recipients. The $109 Million was distributed to 30,000 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $3,663. The trade and vocational school students received more than the Michigan 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.