Financial Aid at California Community Colleges: Pell Grants and Fee Waivers in 2003-04
In 2003–04 over half a million students attending the 109 California community colleges received about one billion dollars in financial aid to help meet their college expenses. Nearly all of the aided students received Board of Governors Fee Waivers to cover their enrollment fees. Less than one-half of the aided students also received federal Pell grants to help cover other education expenses, such as books and supplies, food, housing, and transportation costs, while enrolled.
Both in terms of the number of students served and the total aid funds provided, the federal Pell grants and the Board of Governors Fee Waivers are the most important financial aid programs for California community college students. Both programs are needbased, which means that eligibility is primarily determined by income, and most of the awards go to lower income students.