Pell Grants play a crucial role each year in helping millions of low-income students pursue and achieve their postsecondary ambitions.

That’s why the National College Access Network (NCAN) has re-launched its annual campaign to help tell the story behind those numbers.

The fifth annual #Thankful4Pell campaign takes place Nov. 14-16. 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 percent of African-American and 50 percent of Hispanic undergraduates rely on Pell to attend school. The maximum current award available is $6,095.

With today’s launch, NCAN members and partner organizations can share why they are #Thankful4Pell and spread the word about the campaign by:

  • Sharing why you appreciate Pell Grants using the #Thankful4Pell hashtag on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Joining NCAN (@collegeaccess) on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. EDT for a Twitter chat about the importance of Pell Grants.
  • Downloading a social media filter to overlay the #Thankful4Pell logo onto your profile pictures.

Visit NCAN’s advocacy action center to share your stories and gratitude with members of Congress via email or Twitter. You can also register today for NCAN’s Nov. 15 webinar, “Thankful4Pell: The Past, Present, and Future of Need-Based Aid,” which will feature guest presenters Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy at NCAN, and Daniel Barkowitz, Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs at Valencia College and president-elect of the Florida Association of School Financial Aid Administrators(FASFAA).

For more information, contact NCAN Communications Manager Kelly Mae Ross.


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