Pell Experimental Site Initiative

The United States Department of Education has selected a handful of colleges across the country to participate in two very exciting and beneficial Pell Grant Experiments and Northshore Technical Community College has been selected to participate.
The purpose of the experiments is to determine the impact of two different experimental expansions to the Pell Grant eligibility criteria for income-eligible students enrolling in occupational training and help inform policy officials on the effects of expanding Pell Grant access on educational attainment, student debt, employment, and earnings.
Pell Experiment 1:
Temporarily expands Pell Grant eligibility to students who already possess a bachelor's or master's degree and who enroll in short-term vocational or career programs.
Pell Experiment 2:
Temporarily expands Pell Grant eligibility to students who enroll in the Nursing Assistant program at Northshore Technical Community College.
In order to be considered for the experiment, you must:

Selection Process:
Eligible students who complete the FAFSA form and submit the Pell Grant Experiment Consent Form by the deadline will be forwarded to the Department of Education contractor for selection. In both experiments, the Department of Education will select the participants using a lottery method. While not every applicant will be chosen, the experiment creates an opportunity for a student, who would not normally qualify, to receive the Pell Grant.

Eligible Programs:
Experiment 1:
  • Automotive Technology
  • Building Technology
  • Business Office Administration
  • Care and Development of Young Children
  • Criminal Justice
  • Paralegal
  • Culinary Arts & Occupations
  • Diesel Powered Equipment Technology
  • Drafting & Design Technology
  • Electrician
  • Electric Line Technician
  • Information Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Welding

Experiment 2:

  • Nursing Assistant

To learn more about the Pell Grant Experiments, download the frequently asked questions.

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