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The following is a list of grants available. Grants do not have to be repaid. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Pell GrantsSources: Federally FundedAward: Variable ($555-$5550 annually as of 2010-2011)Criteria: Award amount is based on a federal formula according to need and enrollment status(full time: 12 or more credits; three quarter time: 9-11 credits; half-time:6-8 credits, less than half-time 1-5 credits). Open to U.S. residents and permanent residents. Students must reapply each year by completing the FAFSA application at www.fafsa.gov
Effective July 1, 2012 a new law reduces the duration of Federal Pell Grant eligibility from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students effective with the 2012-2013 academic year. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant. As our office is notified by the Department of Education of students that either have reached their Pell limit or have reduced eligibility, we will, in turn, be sending correspondence to those students of their status.
How does this change affect me?
If you received 100% of your Federal Pell Grant award for 12 semesters, you will not have any remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility beginning in Fall 2012.If you have received the Federal Pell Grant for four years or more, you may have reduced eligibility or no remaining eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant eligibility for the 2012-2013 school year.
Can I appeal my Pell lifetime eligibility?
No, you may not. Federal Pell Grant limits are set by federal law. If you rely on Federal Pell Grant funding, stay in school and be conscious about the lifetime limits when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.
How do I determine my remaining eligibility?
Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is tracked by the U.S. Department of Education and is based on full-time enrollment. If you received 100% of your award for 12 semesters, you will not have any remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility beginning in Fall 2012. In mid-April and continuing through July, the U.S. Department of Education will send email messages to all 2012-2013 FAFSA applicants who are nearing their Federal Pell Grant lifetime limit or who are no longer eligible for these funds. For more information about calculating your remaining eligibility, visit the Federal Student Aid Pell Grant page.
How can I see my Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage?
In mid-July 2012, you will be able to log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)website using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)Sources: Federally FundedAward: VariableCriteria: Available to students enrolled in degree-seeking undergraduate programs. Award amounts are based on enrollment status, need, and availability of funds. Students must reapply each year by completing the FAFSA. Students who submit the FAFSA and any requested documentation by March 1st will be given priority consideration.
University GrantsSources: Institutionally FundedAward: VariableCriteria: Degree seeking undergraduates. Amount varies according to enrollment status, need, and availability of funds. Students must reapply each year by completing the FAFSA. Students who submit the FAFSA and any requested documentation by March 1st will be given priority consideration.
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