Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program has the following requirements:

A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not previously earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree with a demonstrated financial need.

How much money can I receive?

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2013-14 award year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) is $5,645. The amount you get will depend on your financial need, costs to attend school, enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student, and the length of time you are in school during the academic year. The Lifetime Federal Pell Eligibility limits a student to 600% of Pell funds.

Please note: If your EFC is above 5081, you will not qualify for the Federal Pell Grant and anything between 1 and 5080 means that you will receive a partial Federal Pell grant and will be expected to contribute some of your own funds toward your tuition expenses or apply for student loans. Even if your EFC is 0, the Federal Pell Grant will not cover tuition and fees in their entirety; there will be additional expenses that can be paid directly to ACHS or through the use of a federal student loan (for qualifying students).

Note: The maximum award amount is automatically given for any Federal Pell-Grant-eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001, regardless of EFC. You must be under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

The length of time a student is now eligible for the Federal Pell Grant is the equivalent of 12 semesters as a full-time student. This regulatory change was effective July 1, 2012.

When will I receive my Federal Pell Grant?

All federal student aid, including Federal Pell Grant funds, is disbursed to students 30 days after the start date of a semester following verification of attendance in the semester during the first 14 days of class. Students must participate in an academically-related activity in their online classroom during the first two weeks of class or they may be subject to administrative withdrawal and/or cancellation of financial aid.