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Title:  A Profile of Successful Pell Grant Recipients: Time to Bachelorís Degree and Early Graduate School Enrollment
Description: This report describes characteristics of college graduates who received Pell Grants and compares them to graduates who were not Pell Grant recipients. For both groups of graduates, data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B:2000/01) were analyzed to determine the time it took them to complete a bachelorís degree as well as the percentage who enrolled in graduate school within one year of college graduation. Key findings include the following:
  • About 36 percent of 1999-2000 bachelor's degree recipients received at least one Pell Grant while in college.
  • Higher percentages of Pell Grant recipients had at least one of several undergraduate risk characteristics (e.g., delaying postsecondary enrollment or failing to graduate from high school) than did nonrecipients.
  • Parents' education was the only factor consistently related to both time-to-degree and graduate school enrollment for Pell Grant recipients. Those whose parents did not attend college took longer to attain a bachelorís degree and enrolled in graduate school at lower rates than recipients whose parents had a least a bachelorís degree.
  • Although Pell Grant recipients had a longer median time-to-degree than nonrecipients, when controlling simultaneously for parentsí education, undergraduate risk characteristics, and transfer history, recipients had a shorter time-to-degree than nonrecipients.
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Cover Date: July 2009
Web Release: July 21, 2009
Publication #: NCES 2009156
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Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Statistical Analysis Report
Survey/Program Areas: Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B)
Bachelor's Degrees
Higher Education
Income, Family
Postsecondary Education
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