10 States With The Highest Pell Grant Dollar Disbursements

By Katy Hopkins, Communications Staff

In a newly released letter to Congress, the Department of Education (ED) provides a trove of Pell Grant recipient data. 

Nationwide, $31,972,224,445 was disbursed in Pell Grant funding in the 2012-13 award year. In the letter, ED breaks down dollar disbursements by state, as well as the number of recipients in each. According to ED, the following 10 states were home to the highest dollar total Pell Grant disbursements that award year: 

1. California: $3,941,927,385 to 1,098,008 recipients

2. Texas: $2,275,245,881 to 651,712 recipients 

3. Florida: $2,157,019,496 to 632,279 recipients

4. New York: $1,974,667,215 to 523,613 recipients

5. Arizona: $1,666,853,069 to 477,135 recipients

6. Illinois: $1,218,072,520 to 361,962 recipients

7. Michigan: $1,017,422,093 to 308,074 recipients

8. Ohio: $1,005,859,283 to 301,589 recipients

9. Georgia: $996,890,157 to 309,006 recipients

10. Pennsylvania: $981,064,153 to 287,120 recipients

ED provided the letter in response to a request from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, for enrollment and graduation information on Pell Grant recipients. See ED’s letter for the full data, including institutional award information, and read NASFAA’s recap on the aggregate graduation information released. 


Publication Date: 2/18/2015

Peter G | 4/22/2015 5:39:31 PM

If you compare this list to the rank of U.S. states by population it's nearly a perfect match. The first four line up perfectly. The only one of the top 10 states by population that doesn't appear here is NC.
The only significant anomaly would appear to be Arizona, which is 15th largest in size.

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