That’s why the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) has re-launched its annual campaign to help tell the stories behind those numbers.
The seventh annual #Thankful4Pell advocacy campaign began Monday and will continue through Friday. The goal is to show appreciation to Congress for the Pell Grant program. Research shows that need-based aid, including Pell Grants, increases enrollment and decreases drop-out rates for low-income students. Additionally, more than 60% of African-American and 50% of Hispanic undergraduates rely on Pell to attend school.
The campaign’s Action Center will make it easy for visitors to quickly send a note about the importance of Pell to their member(s) of Congress. NCAN members and partners organizations can also use the #Thankful4Pell hashtag on social media throughout the week to share why they appreciate Pell Grants.
The need-based Pell Grant provides crucial support for around 7 million students each year, or about one-third of undergraduates. If Congress doesn’t act, the maximum Pell Grant award — $6,345 for the 2020-21 award year — will not rise for the next academic year.