Federal grants are considered "gift-aid" and do not need to be repaid.* To apply, new and current students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Note that funding for some grants is limited and students should submit the FAFSA by February 15th for priority consideration.
Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduates who have not earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. The amount can change yearly and is pro-rated based on credit load. The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
*Receiving an "F" or "W" Grade in a Class
Students who receive a Pell Grant and receive an "F" or "W" grade in a class must show they have participated in an academic activity in that class or their Pell Grant may be reduced and the student will be required to repay some of the Pell Grant received for that semester. Academic activities include but are not limited to attending class, attending a lab, taking an exam or quiz, submitting an assignment, attending a study group that is assigned by the school, participating in an on-line discussion about academic matters, initiating contact with the faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course, or any other official academic activity. An academic activity does not include living in institutional housing, logging into an online class without active participation, or participating in academic counseling or advising.
If the student did not participate in an academic activity the class(s) credits will be removed from determining Pell enrollment credits. If the removal of the class credits moves the student from:
Fulltime (12 or more credits) to 3/4 time (9-11 credits), 3/4 credits time (9-11 credits) to half time (6-8 credits), or half time (6-8 credits) to less than half time (1-5 credits) the student’ Pell Grant eligibility will be recalculated at the lower enrollment level and the student will be required to repay Pell Grant funds.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant may be awarded to full-time (12 credits per semester) undergraduates with exceptional financial need who meet the February 15th FAFSA priority date. Funding is limited and priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.