Pell Grant Application and Fasfa Application Tips and Resources
Pell Grant Eligibility
To determine your eligibility for the Pell Grant program you must first complete a Free Pell Grant Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form. If you have not yet completed your FAFSA application, go to thi website Fasfa Application and complete your FAFSA using the instructions provided in the “Fill out a FAFSA” section. When you complete your first FAFSA application, you will answer questions to determine your eligibility for the Pell Grant among other government grants and funding. After you save and submit your initial FAFSA application, you will be notified by email or regular postal delivery if and when you receive Pell Grant funding.
Students with a total family income up to $50,000 may be eligible for Pell Grants, though most Pell funding goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.
Other eligibility requirements include the following: You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen, i.e., U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Card I-551, a conditional permanent resident with an I-551C card, possess Arrival Departure Record I-94 from the Immigration and Naturalization Service one of the following designations: asylum granted, parole, refugee, entrant from Cuba or Haiti. You may also be eligible if you live independent of your parent or guardian, and/or if you have your own dependents.
To receive a Pell Grant, You must be enrolled in a program that will lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree at any institution eligible to participate in the Pell Grant Program, and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the grant program.
You must also sign a statement indicating that you are not in default on a federal loan, and that the financial aid will be used only for educational purposes.
Pell Grant FAQ
The Pell Grant Program is a program that offers grants to low-income college who meet the eligibility requirements for financial need. It is sponsored by the United States Department of Education.
What is the history and purpose of the Pell Grant?
The Pell Grant is sponsored by the United States Department of Education, and was named after Senator Claiborne Pell. Pell Grant rules and restrictions for this program are dictated by the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1; 20 U.S.C. 1070a. The grant was originally called the ‘Basic Educational Opportunity Grant’. The Pell Grant program is available to undergraduate, and to some graduate, students in certain programs. Students can use their grants in approximately 5,400 colleges and universities in the United States.
How much money can I get through Pell Grant program?
The maximum Pell Grant award per student will increase to $4,600 in 2008, and by $200 per year each year until 2012. It is estimated that the maximum award will cover 75% of tuition in a public four-year college. The average award will cover approximately 42% of these fees. Currently there is no restriction on the number of years a student may receive Pell Grant, provided the student maintains a degree program as an undergraduate and does not already have an undergraduate degree.
How do I know if I am going to receive a Pell Grant award?
You can track the progress of your student FAFSA application by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Monday through Friday, or by checking your online account here: FAFSA online.
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