Obama's Pell Grant Proposal Would Make 260,000 More Students Eligible, Report Says

March 26, 2009

Increasing the maximum Pell Grant by $200, to $5,550 for the 2010-11 academic year, as President Obama has proposed, would make an additional 260,000 students eligible for a grant and would raise the average national award by $121, according to an analysis by a pair of interest groups.

The report, issued by the Campaign for America’s Future and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, provides a breakdown of how many additional students would receive a grant in each state, and how much the average award would be in each state. It does not analyze the impact of Mr. Obama’s broader plan for Pell, which includes making the Pell Grant an entitlement and indexing the maximum award to the Consumer Price Index plus a percentage point. That change, if enacted, would take effect in 2010-11. —Kelly Field