Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant Requirements

In order to qualify for a Federal Pell Grant, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have submitted a FAFSA and completed the verification process, if required
  • Meet the general federal student aid eligibility requirements
  • Students must be accepted into a Title IV eligible program at ACHS
  • Students are not eligible if they already have a bachelor’s degree
  • Lifetime Federal Pell Eligibility limits a student to 600% of Pell funds

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Pell Grant FAQs

Amounts can change annually. For information on the current maximum Pell Grant award, visit https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/pell.

Awarded amounts will be determined by:

  • Your financial need
  • Your cost of attendance
  • Your enrollment status

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.

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.