Many Colleges Aren’t Doing Enough to Fulfill the Promise of the Pell Grant Program

Several recent reports have estimated a significant gap in the college completion rates of the low-income students who receive federal Pell Grants and other college students, leading some to question the effectiveness of this investment of taxpayer dollars. But, according to a new report and online data tool we’re releasing today, the average graduation gap between Pell and non-Pell students at the institutional level is much smaller: only 5.7 percentage points. (And more than a third of four-year colleges and universities have even smaller gaps or no gaps at all.) These data deliver a powerful blow to those who question whether taxpayer dollars are being wasted or whether most low-income students are capable of completing college.

Read the entire post on The Equity Line, Ed Trust's blog.