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Money Left on the Table: An Analysis of Pell Grant Receipt Among Financially Eligible Community College Students in California

by Elizabeth Friedmann; Paco Martorell

Apr 1, 2018

This brief focuses on CCC (California community college) students who, on the basis of financial need and enrolled credits, appear to be eligible for Pell Grant aid. Although these results are only directly applicable to California community college students, much of the postFAFSA paperwork students must complete reflects federal policies, and the patterns we document may be found in community colleges in other states and possibly in fouryear universities as well. Moreover, California community colleges comprise the largest system of higher education in the nation, and serve large numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the findings highly significant in their own right.