North Carolina Pell Grant
North Carolina had 218,000 recipients of the Pell Grant, which represents 3% of total number of students that received a Pell Grant. A total of $835 Million dollars were allocated to these 218,000 Pell Grant recipients. The State of North Carolina received an above average Pell Grant total distribution amount when compared to all states due to a higher percentage of lower income students in the state and more students attending North Carolina trade / vocational schools. The average Pell Grant award amount that these students received was $3,823 that could be used towards school supplies, books, and tuition.
More than 185,000 North Carolina students that attended the North Carolina Public School System received $703 Million in Pell Grant funding. These students attended community colleges, North Carolina state universities, as well as University of North Carolina Universities. The average Pell Grant award amount was $3,790 per student, which is a bit lower than the state average Pell Grant award.
North Carolina Private Schools had 25,400 Pell Grant recipients during the school year, which represents 12% of the total number of students that received the Pell Grant in North Carolina. 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 $104 Million, which represents an average award amount of $4,089. The Pell Grant Private School award amount is much higher than the public school award amount, since private school cost of attendance is higher compared to public education.
Students that attends a vocational or trade school in North Carolina received $28.2 Million in Pell Grant awards, which represents 3% of the total award distribution amongst North Carolina Pell Grant recipients. The $28.2 Million was distributed to 7,500 students attending a vocational or trade school, which represents the average Pell Grant award amount of $3,745. The trade and vocational school students received more than the North Carolina Pell Grant average award amount. Students that attend a vocational or trade school usually need more financial assistance due to their low income status and are trying to improve their standard of living.