Value of the Pell Grant has Eroded Over Time

Pell Grant expenditures have increased significantly over the past few decades, but the inflation-adjusted maximum Pell grant and the average Pell grant have remained flat. In 1979, the maximum Federal Pell Grant award covered about three-fourths of the total cost of attending a four-year college.  Today, the maximum award covers only about one third of the cost for tuition, fees, room and board. 

Source: 2009 Trends in Student Aid. The College Board, 2010.

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