Numbers in the News

Rachel Alexander

$1,218,567

Total amount of federal need-based grants awarded to Whitman students for the 2010-11 school year

$994,000,000

Total amount allocated in the 2011 budget for higher education student aid

9 million

Number of Americans receiving Pell Grants per year

$5,550

Maximum Pell Grant award for the 2010-11 school year

2

Number of grants students could receive per year

$4,705

Maximum Pell Grant award for the 2011-12 school year in the House’s original budget

$5,550

Maximum Pell Grant award for the 2011-12 school year in the final budget

1

Number of grants students can now receive per year

$1.3 billion

Total cuts to the Department of Education in the 2011 budget

Sources: Library of Congress, Whitman College Factbook, studentaid.gov, whitehouse.gov, Us News & World Report