2014-2015 Pell Grant Qualifications

The Pell Grant is administered through the Federal Governmentís Department of Education.  All grant awards distributed to students do not have to be repaid and students can use it towards any school related expense.  Students that receive the Pell Grant usually use their award to pay for their tuition, school fees, books, etc. 

The Pell Grant is considered a need-based grant and students must show financial need to be eligible for this education grant.   
In order to qualify for a Pell Grant in the 2014-2015 school year, students must meet the following qualifications:

1. Be a United States Citizen

2. Student must currently have a high school diploma or equivalent from an accredited secondary institution or homeschool.

3. Considered Low-Income based on the financial information provided in your 2014-2015 FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid)
As you can see from the above qualifications, students must meet a set of rigorous qualifications to be eligible for a Pell Grant. 

The FAFSA, which is the only application accepted for the Pell Grant, can be completed online or through paper form.  Most applicants will complete the application online, since itís much easier to complete.  You will need a FAFSA PIN in order to submit your application to the Department of Education.

Students that have completed more than 12 semesters in post-secondary education are no longer eligible to receive a Pell Grant award.  This new rule will disqualify many working adult students pursuing their post-secondary education.

Students will receive notification of their Pell Grant award amount through their schoolís financial aid office.  Most financial aid offices will provide student's with a Federal Financial Aid Award Letter that outlines the students full federal financial aid package.
4. Attend a Title IV Post-Secondary Institution, which includes public and private 2-year and 4-year colleges / universities as well as trade and career schools.

5. Student must not be incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution

6. Have not been in school for more than 12 semesters
Pell Grant Qualifications