Will Pell Grant Changes Hurt Rural Enrollments?
Survey of financial aid administrators in three Southern states says
new restrictions could result in a loss of financial aid for thousands
BY COREY MURRAY
Five thousand students
in three states—Alabama,
Arkansas, and Mississippi
—lost Pell Grant eligi-
bility in the fall 2012
semester, according to
a survey conducted by
Janice Friedel, associate
professor at Iowa State
University’s School of
“Financial aid administrators at the community colleges in those states indicated
that the new Pell restrictions
had a direct relationship on
the drop in their enrollment,”
Friedel said in a statement.
Respondents pinned the
reductions on three factors:
( 1) a decrease, from $32,000
to $23,000, in the Estimated
Family Contribution, which
determines if students are
eligible for Pell and how
much they can receive, ( 2) a
reduction in the maximum
number of terms students
are eligible—under new rules
full-time students can receive
grants for no more than 12
semesters, and ( 3) a change
that precludes certificate or
short-term job training pur-
suers from applying for grants.
Number of community college
students in three Southern states
with less Pell Grant eligibility over
the next two semesters.
Source: Iowa State University
The report estimates that
17,000 students in those
states could face similar
eligibility concerns in the
next two semesters.
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