Financial aid spending by the federal government includes about $35 billion in Pell Grants, which provide students from low-income families up to $5,645 per year to defray college expenses.


To read more about this topic, please see “Should Pell Grants Target the College-Ready?” a forum in the Spring 2014 issue of Ed Next.

In this debate, Isabel Sawhill argues “Target Aid to Students Most Likely to Succeed.” Sara Goldrick-Rab responds “Conditional Pell Dollars Miss Students Who Need Them Most.”

Last updated February 12, 2014