That’s why the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) has re-launched its annual campaign to help tell the stories behind those numbers.
The eighth annual #Thankful4Pell advocacy campaign begins Monday, November 15 and will continue through Friday, November 19. 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 corresponding member(s) of Congress. NCAN members and partners 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 — $6,495 for the 2021-22 award year — will not rise for the next academic year.