Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest grant program offered by the U.S. Department of Education. The Federal Pell Grant is designed for undergraduate students working toward their first bachelor's degree. Students are not required to repay Federal Pell Grant funds. 

  • Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) online or through the myStudentAid mobile app which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) to receive Federal Pell Grant.
  •  Eligibility for Federal Pell Grant is based upon financial need and is determined by a formula consistently applied to all applicants.
  • The Federal Pell Grant payment schedule is issued by the Department of Education which determines the official Pell Grant amount. The award amount per term is contingent upon the credit hours in which

Purchasing Books with Financial Aid:

Students who have been awarded financial aid for the semester may be able to charge the cost of their books against their financial aid award if they meet the following guidelines:

  • Must be enrolled for courses in the semester in which the student is awarded.
  • Must have enough financial aid to pay for tuition and fees, or other financial obligations, to the college and have remaining financial aid to cover the cost of textbooks.
  • Students are only allowed to charge required educational materials to their financial aid. Items such as clothing, food, and convenience items can not be charged to a student's financial aid.
  • Students are responsible for the payment of the books and materials they charge against their financial aid. If for any reason the student is ineligible for financial aid, any unpaid balance to the bookstore will be the student's financial obligation and could result in an over-payment status.

Federal Pell Grant Book Authorization Dates

Fall 2019: Terms 1, 1A, 1B and 1C
40 or more credit hours Monday, August 12, 2019
24 or more credit hours Tuesday, August 13, 2019
12 or more credit hours Wednesday, August 14, 2019
1 or more credit hours Thursday, August 15, 2019
0 or more credit hours Friday, August 16 to Friday, August 23, 2019
Spring 2020: Terms 2, 2A, 2B and 2C
40 or more credit hour Monday, January 6, 2020
24 or more credit hours Tuesday, January 7, 2020
12 or more credit hours Wednesday, January 8, 2020
1 or more credit hours Thursday, January 9, 2020
0 or more credit hours Friday, January 10 to Friday, January 17, 2020
Summer 2020: Terms 3, 3A, 3B and 3C
40 or more credit hours Monday, May 4, 2020
24 or more credit hours Tuesday, May 5, 2020
12 or more credit hours Wednesday May 6, 2020
1 or more credit hours Thursday, May 7, 2020
0 or more credit hours Friday, May 8 to Thursday, May 14, 2020

Federal Pell Grant Tentative Initial Release Dates

Fall 2019: Terms 1, 1A, 1B and 1C
Terms 1 and 1A Thursday, August 29, 2019
Term 1C Thursday, September 19, 2019
Term 1B Thursday, October 24, 2019
Spring 2020: Terms 2, 2A, 2B and 2C
Terms 2 and 2A Thursday, January 23, 2020
Term 2C Thursday, February 6, 2020
Term 2B Thursday, March 26, 2020
Summer 2020: Terms 3, 3A, 3B and 3C
Terms 3 and 3A Thursday, May 21, 2020
Term 3B Tuesday, July 7, 2020
   

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federally funded need-based grant program. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Must be seeking a degree or certificate to be eligible for FSEOG.
  • Must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient.
  • Enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester required for the degree or certificate program.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  • Students who have submitted an error-free FAFSA and have a completed financial aid file by the priority deadline date of March 1st receive priority consideration. FSEOG is awarded on a first-apply, first-award basis.
  • Due to limited availability of FSEOG funds, not all students who meet eligibility and renewal requirements will be awarded.
  • Renewal requirements for FSEOG include completing the annual FAFSA by the stated priority deadline and meeting SAP requirements.
  • To remain eligible, students must not drop, withdrawal, or stop attending their courses, as these actions may require the student to repay all or a portion of the grant.