As tuition hikes continue, and the cost of college goes up, students need every scholarship, grant and other financial aid dollar they can get. According to this Houston Chronicle article, however, not enough of them are trying to get Pell Grants.
More Poor Students Not Applying for Aid
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Even as the price of college rises, more low-income students who would likely get federal financial aid aren’t even bothering to apply.
A new report by the American Council on Education estimates 1.5 million students who would probably have been awarded Pell Grants in 2003-2004 did not apply for them. That’s up from ACE’s estimate in a previous survey of 850,000 who missed out on aid in 1999-2000.
A major reason is probably confusion over the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
I wonder if the stats are related to people who are actually just not going to college?
Whatever the cause, we need to help students try to get as much financial aid as possible. We are in an education crisis, even if no one is noticing it. We have to try to graduate as many college students as possible.