Federal Pell Grant
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Applicants must:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Have financial need as determined from the FAFSA application
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- May not be in default on any FSA loan or owe an overpayment on an FSA Grant or loan and have not made repayment arrangements for the default or overpayment
How much can I get?
For the 2017-18 award year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) you may receive up to 150% of the $5,920 maximum Federal Pell Grant award. The amount you receive will depend not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, your periods of attendance in the award year, and you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters. Note: Pell Grant eligible students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001 and was less than 24 years old when the parent or guardian died, or was enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian’s death, may be eligible for the maximum Pell Grant award.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.
How much can I get?
You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on when you apply, your financial need, the funding at the school you’re attending, and the policies of the financial aid office at your school.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)
The IASG is available to eligible students whose parents or guardians died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and who are not eligible for the Pell Grant. If your parent(s) or guardian(s) died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and you are eligible for the Pell Grant, you may qualify for an increase.
- Based on your FAFSA application Expected Family Contribution you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant but meet remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements
- Student must have been 23 years of age or younger when the parent or guardian died, OR must have been enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian’s death, if over the age of 23
- Student must meet all Title IV student eligibility requirements
Annual Award Amounts
Applicants with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is not Pell eligible, are able to receive an award under the IASG program, up to the amount of a maximun Federal Pell Grant for the award year. The amount is adjusted for the student’s enrollment status and cost of attendance. For 2017-18, due to the sequestration, any Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant award first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, the maximum award is reduced by 6.9%, resulting in $5,511.52. For those first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2017, and before Oct. 1, 2018, the maximum award amount of $5,920 is reduced by 6.6%, resulting in a maximum award of $5,529.28.