The Pell Grant is from the Department of Education to promote secondary education/ college to scholars from low income, which means it does not have to be repaid. According to Federal Safety Net Pell Grants were started by “President L.B. Johnson who wanted to help needy college students, the first grants would give up students up to a thousand dollars”. To be eligible the grant takes into consideration the colleges tuition, family’s contribution, full time/ part time, and time the student be in school. Also, to be eligible the student should not have a bachelor’s degree prior to getting the grant or may be presently registered in a postbaccalaurette program but must have a high school diploma. To obtain the grant some schools either pay the student in their hand or put the money into their school account. Students with the grant depending on the school would either get paid once per semester or twice per academic year. To apply just fill out FASFA, an online financial need-based application (U.S. Dept. of Education, 2015).
I recently found out that involved with the Pell Grants is something called ‘White Collar Crime’ and basically this is people stealing other individual’s information to get the Pell Grant, so they can use the money to do anything but go to college (Green and Dansley, 2014). My issue with this is that some people have accomplished to steal millions of dollars untouched until the government months or years later get ahold of it. The FASFA is said to be this excruciating mind-numbing piece of work to fill out asking for a bunch of unnecessary information when the only thing that they count is your finances. So, I would implement that the government take out questions that aren’t related to finances and information that doesn’t revolve around student’s financial needs. If people can scam the government out of millions, then clearly the FASFA needs to be rebooted