The Pell Grant
Pell is awarded based on need as determined by the FAFSA for each award year. Available to eligible, undergraduate students. The amount awarded depends on your FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance (COA), and enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student.
The Pell Grant disburses in two payments over your academic year and funds are applied directly towards semester charges. Disbursements made for each semester are based on enrollment status at “census” (the Monday after start).
Any change in enrollment status or failure to successfully complete a semester, could result in the loss of some or all Pell Grant funds, in accordance with general Pell and Federal Student Aid provisions.
In accordance with 34 CFR 690.64, which allows schools to determine which award year to assign crossover payment periods, crossover students will be packaged with Pell Grant funding as follows:
2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Award Years
- Semester start dates of April, May, and June 2019: Students will be packaged with any remaining 2018-2019 eligible funding. If no eligibility exists for 2018-2019, packaging will include any eligible 2019-2020 funding.
- Students for whom the April, May, or June 2019 semester is the last term of their Pell Eligible program may benefit and be packaged from the award year for which they have greater funding eligibility. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Year-Round (150%) Pell
The Department of Education’s Federal Pell Grant Program will allow an eligible student to receive up to 150 percent (the equivalent of one and one half school years or three disbursements) of their Federal Pell Grant Scheduled Award. To meet general requirements for Year-Round (150%) Pell, a student must be:
- Eligible for Pell Grant as determined by the Department of Education
- Enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program
- Enrolled at least half-time for the semester during which any additional Pell is disbursed
It is important to understand that if enrollment drops to less than half-time (less than 6 credit hours) for the semester, students will lose eligibility for the additional Pell Grant.
Lifetime eligibility for the Pell Grant is 600%. The maximum timeframe that eligible students may receive Pell Grant is for the equivalent of twelve full-time semesters. Students must submit, in writing, any request to waive any Pell Grant funds and must be counseled on any potential implications for doing so.
The Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship
Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be:
- Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC greater than zero,
- Less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death.
For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer is:
- As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b);
- A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.
In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student. Learn more about the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship.
If you believe you are eligible for the scholarship, please complete the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Certification Form and send to Financial Aid Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-731-9218 for more information.