The Effects of Expanding Pell Grant Eligibility for Short Occupational Training Programs: Results from the Experimental Sites Initiative
This report presents the findings from a study that tested whether two experimental expansions to Pell Grant eligibility were effective for improving enrollment in and completion of postsecondary programs. The first experiment allowed income-eligible students with a bachelor's degree, who are not usually eligible for Pell Grants, to obtain the grants for short-term occupational training programs. The second experiment allowed income-eligible students to obtain Pell Grants for short-term programs that lasted between 8 and 15 weeks. Both pilots improved enrollment in and completion of postsecondary programs, a first step toward improving individuals' success in the labor market.