Publication | July 14, 2022

Pell Access and Completion Series | Part II: Public and Non-Profit Four-Year Universities

The Pell Grant is targeted to students with the greatest financial need, and many policymakers find the Pell Grant a useful policy lever for promoting access and success for students from lower- and moderate-income backgrounds. There are several examples where policymakers use Pell eligibility to allocate resources and hold colleges accountable for their outcomes; however, basic information about Pell access and completion is not well documented in policy research. To address this problem — and to provide baseline statistics useful in policy conversations — this analysis provides new information about Pell enrollments and degree completion rates for public and non-profit four-year universities.

The second in a three-part series on the Pell Grant, this brief presents basic data trends, finding Pell Grant access and completion rates vary by selectivity.