Community College Students Leave $500M On the Table

Pells grants are available to 500 thousand students.

By Susan Taylor
|  Friday, Mar 19, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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Community College Students Leave $500M On the Table

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A new report shows California community college students are missing out on as much as $500 million in unclaimed federal aid. 

Officials with the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success said that the report shows that about $500,000 of the 2.9 million students in the system could be eligible for a Pell Grant. Each student could get from $400 to $5,350 to help cover expenses.

Some students said  they didn't know about the grant. Others, though, say the application process is too complicated.

Community college officials say federal policymakers are working to help streamline the process.

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