In North Carolina, 46% of the high school class of 2021 didn’t complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As a result, $126 million in Pell Grant awards was left on the table on the table in North Carolina (ranking #6 in the U.S).
Completing the FAFSA is a critical–and complicated–step in the process of going to college, especially for students who need financial aid, including the Pell Grant or NC Assist Loan, to pay for college. For students who completed the FAFSA and met eligibility, the average Pell Grant for the NC graduating class of 2021 was $4,644 which can pay for all or a portion of college costs.
To support all students across NC and reach 2 million by 2030, we must also direct FAFSA and college access support to students and their families, including (but not limited to):
For more information, including a definition of the methodology used: NCAN (2022) Pell Dollars Left on the Table | Tableau Public.
To address these needs across the state to reach 2 million by 2030, myFutureNC advocates for:
Statewide Policy Advocacy
Local Next Steps