Current and future Rattler students stand to reap big benefits from the recent boost to the federal Pell Grant program and proposed bump in Florida Student Assistance Grants (SAG). The increased need-based aid is likely to help raise Florida A&M University’s enrollment and four-year/six-year graduation rates.
The FY’17 Omnibus Appropriations Bill restored year-round Pell Grants, which haven’t been available since 2011. Over the past six years, students have only been able to receive Pell Grants for two semesters per academic year, which led to a decline in Pell-eligible students taking summer courses. But now, more students will be able to take classes for three semesters each year and graduate more quickly.
A total of 64.7 percent of FAMU undergraduate students received a Pell Grant in Fall 2014, which was the highest of all the public universities in Florida.