WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The federal government awarded $2.2 million in grants last year to area college students who failed or withdrew from all their classes – and most of that money won't be repaid, a WECT investigation uncovered.
The Pell Grants not only cover tuition and other college costs. Any money that's left is given to the student.
About 500 students who withdrew or failed received the grants each semester, fall 2012 and spring 2013.
WECT analyzed financial aid records from Bladen Community College, Brunswick Community College, Cape Fear Community College and Southeastern Community College.
UNC Wilmington awarded more than $14 million in Pell Grants, but the university was unable to produce a report that showed how much money went to students who withdrew or failed, according to Janine Iamunno, executive director of university relations.