Glendale Community College disbursed more than $25 million in federal and state financial aid to about 9,000 students this year, Hurley said. More than 15,000 students of the college’s roughly 16,700 students are eligible for some type of financial aid.
About 5,000 Glendale Community College students will see increases to their Pell Grant allocations because of the legislation.
The grants will expand from $5,350 to a maximum $5,550 next year and about $6,000 by 2017.
At $26 per unit, the full-time student course load can add up to at least $312, excluding the cost of books and other expenses.
While officials and students acknowledged that the Pell Grant raises weren’t much, Glendale Community College student trustee Lilya Avagyan said every dollar counts.