Distribution of Pell Grant Recipients by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2016-17

In 2016-17, 49% of Pell Grant recipients were dependent students; 37% of these students came from families with incomes of $20,000 or less, and another 36% came from families with incomes between $20,000 and $40,000.

Figure 22B: Distribution of Pell Grant Recipients by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2016-17

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Percentages on the vertical axis represent percentages of recipients in each group. Percentages may not sum to 100% because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, 2016-17 Federal Pell Grant Program End-of-Year Report, Table 2.
 

  • Fifty-one percent of 2016-17 Pell Grant recipients were independent students; 30% had dependents of their own; and 21% were independent students without dependents.
  • Among independent Pell Grant recipients with dependents, 47% had family incomes of $20,000 or less, and another 32% had incomes between $20,000 and $40,000.
  • Fifty-three percent of independent Pell Grant recipients without dependents had family incomes of $9,000 or less; another 35% had incomes between $9,000 and $20,000.