A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid provided you complete 60% of the semester. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. (A professional degree would include a degree in a field such as medicine, law, or dentistry). For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added.
To determine if you are eligible financially, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you apply. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) contains this number and will tell you if you are eligible.
The maximum award for the 2012-2013 award year will be $5,550.00 and the minimum award will be $555.00. You can receive only one Pell Grant in an award year. How much you get will depend not only on your EFC but also on your cost of attendance, whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a fall academic year or less. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at time.
Use this site to apply for a Federal Pell Grant via the Internet. If you prefer to complete a paper application you can pick up an application at your local high school, library or contact our office. Processing time is much faster if you apply via the Internet.
To receive federal funds, you must meet all admission requirements. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
The school will credit your account in the Business Office with your Pell Grant award. Students are paid once per semester. Refunds are not issued until after the tenth week of school.