Additional Pell Grant Information

The amount of Federal Pell GrantThe Pell grant is a federal grant that provides funds based on the student's financial need. you receive must be based on the number of hours in which you are enrolled and have begun attendance as of the 12th class day of each term. Therefore, after initial disbursementDisbursement is the release of loan funds to the school for delivery to the borrower. The payment will be made co-payable to the student and the school. Loan funds are first credited to the student's account for payment of tuition and fees. Any excess funds are then paid to the student in cash or by check for the purpose of paying for other educational expenses. of your Pell Grant funds, subsequent changes may be made to the amount through the 12th class day. Additional factors that may change your Pell Grant award are class attendance, withdrawals, academic progression, etc.

 

Examples

 

For our examples, we will use the chart below. 

Pell Enrollment Example
UNDERGRAD ENROLLMENT STATUSAn indication of whether a student is a full-time or part-time student. Generally, students must be enrolled at least half-time (and in some cases full-time) to qualify for financial aid. TOTAL HOURS AMOUNT PAID*
Full-time 12 or more hours $4000
3/4-time 9-11 hours $3000
1/2-time 6-8 hours $2000
less than 1/2 time 1-5 hours $1000

*These amounts do not reflect your actual Pell Grant awards.

Example 1:

August 15th: Eva is enrolled in 15 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the full-time amount ($4000) and she receives a refund. 

August 29th: During add/drop she drops 2 classes (6 hours).  She is now enrolled in 9 hours (three-quarter time). 

12th Class Day:  Eva's Pell Grant will be reduced to the three-quarter time amount ($3000) and Eva will owe the University $1000 because she was not eligible for the Full Time Amount ($4000) she originally received. 

 

Example 2:

August 15th: Ava is enrolled in 6 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the half-timeDuring each term, 6-8 credit hours is considered half-time for undergraduate students. For graduate students, 5 hours is considered half-time. amount ($2000). 

August 29th: During add/drop she adds 1 class (3 hours).  She is now enrolled in 9 hours (three-quarter time). 

12th Class Day:  Ava's Pell Grant will be increased to the three-quarter time amount ($3000) and Ava will receive an additional $1000 more than what was originally disbursed.

 

Example 3:

August 15th: Eden is enrolled in 6 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the half-time amount ($2000). 

August 29th: Eden informs the Financial AidMoney provided to the student and the family to help them pay for the student's education. Major forms of financial aid include gift aid (grants and scholarships) and self help aid (loans and work). Office that she is enrolled at another University and needs to do a Concurrent Enrollment Agreement to add 6 additional hours.  

After Concurrent Enrollment is processed:  Eden's Pell Grant will be increased to the full time amount ($4000) and she will receive an additional $2000 more than what was originally disbursed.

 

Example 4:

August 15th: Elizabeth is enrolled in 12 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the full-time amount ($4000) and she receives a refund. 

12th class day: Elizabeth never attends her 3 hour English class and the professor notes such on the official Class Audit Roll.  The Pell Grant will be reduced to the three-quarter time amount ($3000) and Elizabeth will owe the University $1000 because she was not eligible for the Full Time Amount ($4000) she originally received.