According to the results of a study conducted by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama, access to Pell Grants enabled more students to enroll at rural community colleges in Kansas, reports Inside Higher Ed.
Key findings of the study suggest that the amount of students who received Pell Grants almost doubled between 2008 and 2010, and that community college enrollments rose as well. Many of the individuals who filled out college applications as a result of having access to Pell Grant funding were full-time students.
"From 2006 to 2011, the Pell Grant program saw record funding increases, allowing millions of new students to move through community colleges toward the American dream," reads the report. "The timing of these Pell increases could not have been better for students and families, coming precisely when the nation entered a period of high unemployment."
The study also suggests that community colleges are uniquely positioned to help workers laid off due to the recession to learn new skills or retrain to get back into work.
If you're thinking of studying a more hands-on vocational qualification, filling out a college application for a two-year school could be an ideal fit. Talk to your admissions adviser and ask about the kinds of qualifications community colleges offer.