Types of Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Facts: Requirements:
  • Gift aid (does not have to be repaid)
  • Ranges from a minimum of $293 per semester ($585 per year) to $2865 per semester ($5730 per year).
  • Awarded fall and spring semesters.
  • Supplements other aid.
  • Award letters are mailed with the Full-Time award.
  • A full grant is awarded as follows:

    Credit Hours
    12     $2865
    9-11  $2149
    6-8    $1433
    1-5    $716

    If you are not receiving a full Pell grant, you can calculate your amount by taking 75% of your total Pell for 9 - 11 credit hours, 50% of your total Pell for 6 - 8 credit hours, or 25% of your total Pell semester award for 1 - 5 credit hours.
A student must...
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Hold a High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Be enrolled for 1 credit minimum in an eligible program
  • NOT have a Bachelors degree
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
How To Apply
  • Apply to the college and be admitted to an eligible program of study.
  • Complete the FAFSA form.
  • If you are applying for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, or Summer 2015, complete the 2014-15 FAFSA form. If you are applying for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 or Summer 2016 semester, complete the 2015-16 FAFSA.
  • Submit completed application to the U. S. Department of Education.
  • You have three options for signing your online FAFSA.
    1. If you have a PIN (Personal Identification Number), you can sign your FAFSA electronically.  Parents with a PIN can also sign electronically.
    2. If you do not have a PIN, you can apply for one by going to  You can print a paper signature page from FAFSA on the Web, sign it, and mail it to the address provided.
    3. You can transmit your online FAFSA without signing.  If you choose this option, your Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent in the mail requesting signatures.  Sign and return your SAR right away so that your FAFSA can be completed.
    4. Once you have decided how to sign your application, you need to transmit it by clicking the "Submit My FAFSA Now" button at the bottom of the screen.  You will then be taken to a Web page that confirms you have successfully transmitted your FAFSA.  Record or print your confirmation number and your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).  Your EFC will be used to determine the types and amounts of aid you will receive.
  • The Financial Aid Center has computers available for submission of Financial Aid forms.