2014 - 2015 Pell Grant Application

The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the only application accepted by the Department of Education to be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.  The FAFSA takes into consideration a family’s financial information to determine if they’re in financial need.
2014 - 2015 FAFSA Corrections

Each year, the Department of Education makes changes to the FAFSA.  For the 2014-2015 school year, the Department made the following changes to the application:

Marital Status Changes: The FAFSA has been revised to include same-gender marriage.

New Tax Return Filing Status Questions

Revised high school completion GED response
2014 -2015 FAFSA Forms

Students can complete the FAFSA online or through paper form.  Students that complete the application online should have their FAFSA PIN, which is needed to submit the final application to the Department of Education.  Students that prefer completing their application through paper form should request their application through their school’s financial aid office or through their high school counselor.

2014 - 2015 FAFSA Financial Aid Package

Students that complete the FAFSA will receive a financial aid award letter outlining their total financial aid award amount for that particular school year.  Students in more financial need will receive additional financial aid resources, which will also be reflected within this award letter. 
The below information is used for the Pell Grant calculation:

Family Income
Family Assets
Cost of Attendance
Total Family Members in School

The Pell Grant calculation is tweaked each year, but the data used for the calculation does not change.  Once the calculation is completed, students will receive an EFC, Expected Family Contribution, score.  This score is used to determine if the student qualifies for Federal Student Aid, such as the Pell Grant.
Pell Grant Qualifications