The Federal Pell Grant is free assistance, funded by the federal government, for eligible students working towards their first degree. The Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and current enrollment.
The Pell Grant, which is first awarded based on projected enrollment and later adjusted to actual enrollment, will typically disburse approximately one to two weeks after the start of class. The Pell Grant amount changes based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in at the end of the Add/Drop period.
Note: The student can receive the Pell Grant for 12 full-time semesters.
To be eligible for the grant a student must:
- Submit a FAFSA yearly
- Demonstrate financial need
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or eligible non-citizen
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or demonstrate ability by passing an approved test
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Be enrolled in an eligible post-secondary school
- Be working toward a first undergraduate degree or teaching credential
- Certify that the funds will be used only for educational purposes