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 the student is enrolled. Nine to eleven credit hours per semester equals three-quarter-time enrollment, six to eight credit hours equals part-time enrollment, and less than six credit hours equals less-than-part-time enrollment.
  • Unusual Enrollment History (UEH). Your FAFSA may be selected by the Department of Education because you received Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Student Loans at multiple institutions during a specific review period. Your financial aid file will not be awarded until the required UEH review is completed. 
  • Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
  • Once the Federal Pell Grant amount is determined, the student is notified through their PHSC mail and WISE accounts with an award letter that indicates the award amount per semester.
  • The Financial Aid Office applies the Pell Grant funds to pay tuition and fees.
  • Pell Grant fund amounts will adjust to match student enrollment. Enrollment status and Pell Grant amounts are determined at specific points during each semester.
  • If additional funds remain after the payment of tuition, fees and book charges, student will receive a balance refund check within 14 days of awarding, or within 14 days of the last day of drop/add, whichever occurs last.  
  • Students will receive any available refund through their BankMobile Disbursement Card (BMD). 

    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 2018 (Terms 1, 1A, 1B and 1C)

  • 40 or more credit hours -   Monday, August 13, 2018
  • 24 or more credit hours -   Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • 12 or more credit hours -   Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • 1 or more credit hours -     Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • 0 or more credit hours -     Friday, August 17 to 24, 2018

Spring 2019 (Terms 2, 2A, 2B and 2C)

  • 40 or more credit hours -   Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • 24 or more credit hours -   Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • 12 or more credit hours -   Friday, January 4, 2019
  • 1 or more credit hours -     Monday, January 7, 2019
  • 0 or more credit hours -     Monday, January 7 to 11, 2019

Summer 2019 (Terms 3, 3A and 3B)

  • 40 or more credit hours -   Monday, April 29, 2019
  • 24 or more credit hours -   Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • 12 or more credit hours -   Wednesday May 1, 2019
  • 1 or more credit hours -     Thursday, May 2, 2019
  • 0 or more credit hours -     Friday, May 3 to 9, 2019


Federal Pell Grant Tentative Initial Release Dates:

Fall 2018 (Terms 1, 1A, 1B and 1C)

  • Terms 1 and 1A -            Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Term 1C-                         Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Term 1B -                        Thursday, October 25, 2018      

Spring 2019 (Terms 2, 2A, 2B and 2C)

  • Terms 2 and 2A -            Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Term 2C-                         Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Term 2B -                        Thursday, March 28, 2019

Summer 2019 (Terms 3, 3A and 3B)

  • Terms 3 and 3A -            Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Terms 3B -                      Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

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.