Pell Grant Eligibility
A federal Pell Grant is offered through the Federal Department of Education to students considered low income. A Pell Grant, unlike a student loan, does not have to be repaid and can be used towards any school related expenses. Students can use their Pell Grants towards tuition, school textbooks, school electronic devices, or other educational related items. Please note that students do not have to justify their purchases and receipts do not have to be saved when using their Pell Grant funds.
The maximum Pell Grant award amount is based on financial need, CoA (Cost to Attend school, student enrollment status (full-time or part-time student), and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Students that show the most need, are enrolled in school full-time, and plan to attend school for a full academic year will receive the maximum Pell Grant award amount.
To become eligible for a Pell Grant, students must complete the FAFSA application. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Students Aid) is a federal financial aid application that determines a studentís eligibility for federal financial student aid. Students must complete the FAFSA each school year to still be eligible for the following school year. Students can complete the FAFSA online or through paper application. Most financial aid offices and school counselors recommend students complete the online application, since the processing time is less, students receive instant confirmation that the application has been received, and students can check their application status at any time online.