Financial Aid


**Important update to Pell Grant for 2012-2013**

The most recent federal budget has made significant changes to the Pell Grant program. These include:

- Students must have a GED or high school diploma to be eligible in all cases
- The AGI threshold for automatic zero EFC has been lowered from $30,000 to $23,000 and the effective EFC for Pell eligibility has been reduced to 4995
- The lifetime eligibility for Pell has been reduced from 18 fulltime semester to 12. This change is retroactive, meaning that any students who have surpassed this mark will lose Pell eligibility.

For more detailed information, students can visit here. The financial aid office will also communicate with students regarding their eligibility. As always, financial aid information is up to date and available on BannerWeb.


PELL GRANT PAYMENT INFORMATION 2011-12 Award Year

  1. Know if you're Pell Grant eligible based on your Student Aid Report (SAR)
  2. Know if you're in an eligible program of study (see below)
  3. Know if you're registered for courses in your eligible program of study
  4. Know your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), and
    Know your Enrollment Status (total hours for semester – see below)
  1. AM I PELL GRANT ELIGIBLE?
  2. Calculate the amount of your semester Federal Pell Grant award amounts by using this award schedule and information from your paper or electronic Student Aid Report (SAR). If you don't have your SAR, you may access your SAR information online and download a copy at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/student-aid-report. You will need your Federal PIN to view and download your SAR.
  3. IS MY PROGRAM OF STUDY PELL GRANT ELIGIBLE?
  4. All associate degrees and diploma programs at the College are Pell Grant eligible. However, currently only a few certificate programs are Pell Grant eligible. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for a currently

    Students who are accepted as 'Developmental' are not considered by the US DOE to be in an eligible program of study. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for a current list of Pell eligible TCCs.

  5. ARE MY COURSES IN MY ELIGIBLE PROGRAM OF STUDY?
  6. View your semester's schedule and select your program of study in the online ATC Catalog at http://www.athenstech.edu/Catalog/#P. The Pell Grant will not payout for courses not listed in the ATC Catalog's curriculum. If you are in a 'pre-health' certificate for a competitive health program, you need to go by the certificate's curriculum.
  7. WHAT IS MY EFC?
  8. USING THE CHART BELOW
    To use this chart, you need to know your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status. If you need information on how to calculate your correct enrollment status, view your online Banner account. Your EFC can be found on your SAR.

    1. Locate your EFC on your paper or electronic SAR.

    2. On the Pell Grant Award Schedule, look at the left-hand column labeled "EFC" and find the range of numbers containing your particular EFC.

    3. Look at the columns to the right labeled with the 4 different enrollment statuses. The appropriate PELL Grant award amounts for every EFC are printed for each enrollment status (number of Credit hours you have registered for this semester). After adding your total Credit hours for the semester, find the column for your enrollment status and move across the same row as your EFC until you find the award amount for your particular enrollment status.

Pell Worksheet

PELL GRANT CHECK DATES
Go to http://www.athenstech.edu/StudentAffairs/financialaid/ to view the current semester’s Pell check dates.

WITHDRAWALS AND OVERPAYMENTS
Federal regulations specify that you must attend at least 60% of the semester before you become eligible for 100% of your federal student aid awards for that term. If you withdraw from all your classes before you have completed at least 60% of the semester, the College must determine what portion of your federal awards you are entitled to receive according to an attendance formula prescribed in federal regulations. If you have received, or the College has received on your behalf, more federal student aid funds than the formula allows, you will have to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled. If you fail to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled, you risk losing your eligibility for future federal aid payments. The dates listed below mark the point in each term when you have earned 100% of your semester awards:

2012-13 100% Completion Dates
Fall October 29,2012
Spring TBA
Summer TBA