Distribution of Pell Grant Recipients by Family Income and Dependency Status, 2011-12
In 2011-12, just over half of all Pell Grant recipients in public and private nonprofit four-year institutions were dependent students, compared to 37% of recipients in public two-year colleges and 19% in the for-profit sector.
NOTE: Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
SOURCES: The Federal Pell Grant Program End-of-Year Report, 2011-12, Table 6; calculations by the authors.
- In 2011-12, 30% of all independent Pell Grant recipients were enrolled in the for-profit sector, as were 10% of dependent Pell Grant recipients. Two-year public colleges enrolled 39% of independent and 33% of dependent Pell Grant recipients.
- In 2011-12, 34% of recipients were full-time dependent students. These students received 38% of Pell Grant funds.
- In 2011-12, 55% of all Pell Grant recipients enrolled full time were independent students, as were 72% of those enrolled part time.
- Dependent students constituted 41% of Pell Grant recipients in 2011-12, with 88% of these students coming from families with incomes of $50,000
- Virtually all independent Pell Grant recipients without dependents have family incomes under $30,000. Among independent recipients with dependents, 25% have incomes exceeding $30,000.
- About half of all Pell Grant recipients in 2011-12 were ages 23 or younger, and about a quarter were ages 31 or older.