The impact of Pell grants on academic outcomes for low-income California community college students. Research brief
This study examines whether financial aid, specifically federal Pell grants, is associated with academic success for low-income community college students in California. Previous studies in this series of MPR Research Briefs have examined transfer patterns and the types of financial aid typically received by students in this sector. This work follows directly from a previous study, Financial Aid at California Community Colleges: Pell Grants and Fee Waivers in 2003–04, and is a companion to Seeking Assistance: Who Gets Financial Aid at California Community Colleges. This analysis uses the success measures, both the relevant denominators and the outcomes, delineated in the first research brief, California Community College Transfer Rates: Who Is Counted Makes a Difference.
In this report, we focused on low-income students, identified as such because they received need-based financial aid in their first year of enrollment. Almost all students at California community colleges who received financial aid got it from one of two sources: federal Pell grants and Board of Governors (BOG) fee waivers.