Thursday, October 23, 2008

Who is eligible for a Pell Grant?

A Pell Grant is a type of financial aid that can help pay for tuition, fees or other educational expenses. There is no charge to apply for a Federal Pell Grant, better yet, Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

  • To apply for a Pell Grant you will need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and if you meet the eligibility requirements you will receive a Pell Grant as a part of your financial aid package.

In order to qualify for state and federal financial aid, you must meet certain eligibility guidelines:

  • First of all, You must have financial need (submit Fafsa) and Your EFC must be under $3,850.
  • You must be following satisfactory academic progress at the school you are attending as defined by the grant program.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Distance learners also may be eligible for some forms of financial aid.
  • Students can receive Pell Grants for their undergraduate study until they complete a baccalaureate or their first professional degree (such as pharmacy or dentistry).
  • You must have have a valid SSN - Social Security Number.
  • Be enrolled in a program leading to a certificate, diploma, or degree at any institution eligible to participate in the Pell Grant Program.

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