Distribution of Pell Grant Recipients by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2015-16

In 2015-16, 47% of Pell Grant recipients were dependent students; almost three-quarters of these students came from families with incomes of $40,000 or less, including 38% with family incomes of $20,000 or less.

Figure 18B: Distribution of Pell Grant Recipients by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2015-16

Figure 18B represents Distribution of Pell Grant Recipients by Dependency Status and Family Income, 2015-16. For a corresponding Section 508-compliant data table, download the Excel spreadsheet.

Notes & Sources 

NOTES: Percentages on the vertical axis represent percentages of recipients in each dependency status. Percentages may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
 
SOURCE: 2015-16 Federal Pell Grant Program End-of-Year Report, Table 2.
  • Fifty-three percent of 2015-16 Pell Grant recipients were independent students; 31% had dependents of their own; and 22% were independent students without dependents.
  • Among independent Pell Grant recipients with dependents, 80% had family incomes of $40,000 or less, including 49% with incomes of $20,000 or less.
  • Ninety percent of independent Pell Grant recipients without dependents had family incomes of $20,000 or less. More than half had incomes of $9,000 or less.