Pell Grant Eligibility
Ohio Pell Grant

Ohio had 311,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 4% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant.    A total of $1.1 billion dollars were allocated to these 311,000 Pell Grant recipients.  The State of Ohio 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 Ohio trade / vocational schools.  The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,596 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.

More than 213,000 Ohio students that attended the Ohio Public School System received $7475 Million in Pell Grant funding.  These students attended community colleges, Ohio state universities, as well as University of Ohio Universities.  The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,495 per student, which is lower than the state average Pell Grant award.
Ohio Private Schools had 38,200 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents 12% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant in Ohio.  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 $145 Million, which represents an average award amount of $3,807.  The Pell Grant Private School award amount is much higher than the public school award amount, since private school costs are much higher than Ohio public colleges.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in Ohio received $229 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 20% of the total award distribution amongst Ohio Pell Grant recipients.  The $229 Million was distributed to 59,897 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 more than the Ohio 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.