Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students. A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. You must meet all of the general eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a Pell Grant. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Check here for the Application Process.

How much money can I get?

The Federal Pell Grant award is $5,645 for the 2013-2014 award year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). The amount you get will depend on:
  • Your expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Your cost of attendance
  • Your enrollment status

Federal regulations prohibit students from receiving Pell Grants for more than one school at a time.

When will I receive my financial aid?

Your Federal Pell Grant is first applied to your school charges to cover tuition and fees. A portion of your Pell Grant (after charges) is made available in the bookstore prior to the first day of the semester. Any money left over is paid to you as a refund. Please check here to view the current semester's Pell refund dates.

How do I purchase books and supplies with my Pell?

Pell-eligible students with a remaining credit balance after all charges are paid will have that credit balance (up to $450) available in the bookstore to purchase books and supplies by the seventh day of semester. Availability dates are posted here. To have this credit balance available, the student's financial aid file must be complete and the Pell award packaged for the term. By utilizing this credit balance in the bookstore, the student is giving his/her authorization. The student may opt out of this agreement by not utilizing the credit balance available in the bookstore.

Pell Payment Chart (click to enlarge)