Federal Aid per Recipient by Program over Time in Current and Constant Dollars

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The number of Pell Grant recipients increased from 2.7 million in 1980-81 to 3.4 million in 1990-91 and 3.9 million in 2000-01. There were 9.3 million recipients in 2010-11 and 7.6 million in 2015-16.

Table 5: Number of Recipients, Total Awards and Aid per Recipient for Federal Aid Programs in Current Dollars and in 2015 Dollars, 1976-77 to 2015-16

Notes & Sources 

SOURCES: See Notes & Sources for a list of sources for data included in Table 5.

  • Average FSEOG funds per recipient declined from 58% of the average Pell Grant in 1980-81 to 42% in 1990-91, 26% in 2000-01, and 12% in 2010-11. In 2015-16, the $452 per recipient in federal funding for FSEOG was 12% of the average Pell Grant of $3,724.
  • In 2015-16, 485,000 students received an average of $2,400 in Perkins Loans.
  • In 2015-16, 7.6 million students received Pell Grants and about 13.8 million students benefited from federal tax credits and deductions. In contrast, there were 1.6 million FSEOG awards, 632,000 FWS jobs, and 485,000 Perkins Loans.