Federal Pell Grants

Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident; enrolled in an eligible program (university transfer, associate, diploma, and some certificate programs); demonstrated need based on FAFSA application; satisfactory academic progress.



Application Procedures: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The completed Web application takes a maximum of two weeks to process. A processed Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the applicant via email. The amount of the applicant's financial aid offer is determined from the SAR by the Financial Aid Office. Upon confirmation of enrollment, funds are disbursed directly to the students' account.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The Federal Pell Grant is an entitlement program. Eligibility and financial aid offer amounts are based on financial need. Financial need is determined by a formula applied to all applicants. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Education and is reviewed annually by Congress. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated by this formula.

Award Schedule: 2020-2021 financial aid offers up to $3,172.50 and 2019-2020 financial aid offers up to $3,097.50 per semester. The amount of the financial aid offer will be affected by costs of attendance and full-or part-time enrollment status. The Federal Pell Grant offer does not duplicate State offers.

Rights and responsibilities of Recipients: Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress each term in the degree program in which they are enrolled to receive funds. Students must not owe any refunds on Federal Pell Grants or other financial aid offers paid, or be in default on repayment of any student loan.

Students must attempt 24 credits during the academic year in order to earn the full Federal Pell Grant offer. Therefore, enrollment status for Federal Pell Grant is as follows:

Full-time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time LTHT
12 Cred 9 - 11 Cred 6 - 8 Cred 1 - 5 Cred