As its original name, the Basic Educational Opportunity Program (BEOG), implies, the Pell Grant Program serves as the foundation of a needy student's financial aid package. Pell Grant is unaffected by other aid, and is "portable" in that once a student is determined to be eligible, the grant is available at any Title IV-participating school. BEOG was renamed in honor of Sen. Claiborne Pell, who was instrumental in establishing this program.
College Affordability (National College Attainment Network)
Federal Pell Grant Eligibility and Receipt: Explaining Nonreceipt and Changes to EFC Using National and Institutional Data (Journal of Student Financial Aid)
Higher Ed Affordability Continues to Decline for Pell Recipients – Federal, State Lawmakers Must Act (National College Attainment Network)
Trends in Pell Grant Receipt and the Characteristics of Pell Grant Recipients: Selected Years, 2003–04 to 2015–16 (National Center for Education Statistics)
Trends in Ratio of Pell Grant to Total Price of Attendance and Federal Loan Receipt (National Center for Education Statistics)
Zero EFC (maximum Pell eligibility) for otherwise Pell-eligible children of certain soldiers and public safety officers