New York Pell Grant
New York had 458,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 6% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant. A total of $1.8 billion dollars were allocated to these 458,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of New York received an above average Pell Grant total distribution amount when compared to all states due to higher Cost of Attendance, more private schools available, and more students attending New York trade / vocational schools. The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,931 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 276,034 New York students that attended the New York Public School System received $1.1 Billion in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, New York state universities, as well as University of New York Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,840 per student, which is lower than the state average Pell Grant award.
New York Private Schools had 106,000 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents less than 23% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant in New York. Private school students tend to be able to afford college due to their familyís financial background, scholarship opportunities, and more financial aid options available, which is why not many private schools students can qualify for a Pell Grant. The main purpose of a Pell Grant is to give opportunity to students that otherwise would not be able to attend college. Private students usually have financial aid options that arenít available to students that attend a public college or trade/vocational school. The total Pell Grant award amount for Private School students was $434 Million, which represents an average award amount of $4,103. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is much higher than the public school award amount, since private school costs are much higher than New York public colleges.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in New York received $307 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 17% of the total award distribution amongst New York Pell Grant recipients. The $307 Million was distributed to 76,000 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $4,021. The trade and vocational school students received more than the New York Pell Grant average award amount. Students that attend a vocational or trade school usually need more financial assistance and are trying to improve their standard of living.