Please select one of the following Grants to learn more information.
The Pell Grant is considered a form of "gift aid" and does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned their first bachelor's degree and who exhibit exceptional financial need. After you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education uses a formula established by Congress to calculate your and your family's "expected family contribution" (EFC) for the upcoming year. The EFC figure determines whether or not you qualify for a Pell Grant. Pell Grant Table (2017-2018)
Pell Grants are tentatively posted to your expense slip based on your planned enrollment as stated on your Data Form submitted to Financial Aid. Your actual Pell award amount is based on your actual enrollment level as of the last day of drop/add of classes and will be credited to your student account the day after drop/add each quarter. Your awarded Pell Grant will be corrected (reduced) if you are reported as never having attended a class or if you have a backdated add or drop for a quarter within the current academic year.
Maximum Pell Grant
The maximum Pell Grant award is determined annually by Congress. The maximum scheduled Pell Grant award for 2017-2018 is $5,920 for a student with a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The amount you get, though, will depend on:
- your financial need,
- your cost of attendance,
- your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
- your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%. You’ll receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit. If your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) equals or exceeds 600%, you may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Similarly, if your LEU is greater than 500% but less than 600%, while you will be eligible for a Pell Grant for the next award year, you will not be able to receive a full scheduled award.
Percent used: To determine how much of the maximum six years (600%) of Pell Grant you have used each year, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) compares the actual amount you received for the award year with your scheduled award amount for that award year. Of course, if you receive the full amount of your scheduled award, you will have used 100%. It’s possible that you might not receive your entire scheduled award for an award year. There are a number of reasons for this, the most common of which are that you are not enrolled for the full year or that you are not enrolled full-time, or both. ED keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. The calculation of the duration of a student’s eligibility includes all years of the student’s receipt of Pell Grant funding. You can log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) using your Federal Student Aid USER ID and view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.
Declining Pell Grant Funds
A student may decline all or part of a disbursement of Pell Grant funds that the student is otherwise eligible to receive. A student may wish to take this action if the student expects to qualify for a larger Pell Grant in future years as a result of an expected transfer to a more expensive educational institution or an expected change in the student’s expected family contribution.
To decline Pell Grant funds, a student must deliver to the school a signed, written statement clearly indicating that the student is declining Pell Grant funds for which he or she is otherwise eligible and that the student understands that those funds may not be available once the award year is over. The school must, if necessary, submit any adjustment records for the student to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System.
Returning Pell Grant Funds
A student may return all or a portion of Pell Grant funds that the student was otherwise eligible to receive, as long as this action is taken during the same award year. Again, a student may wish to take this action if the student expects to qualify for a larger Pell Grant in future years as a result of an expected transfer to a more expensive educational institution or an expected change in the student’s expected family contribution.
To return all or a portion of Pell Grant funds, the student must deliver to the school a signed, written statement clearly indicating that the student is returning Pell Grant funds for which he or she is otherwise eligible and that the student understands that those funds may not be available once the award year is over. The student must return the funds directly to the school, and the school must return those funds to its Pell Grant account. The school must then submit the required adjustment records for the student to the COD System.
A student may not return any Pell Grant funds from a prior award year that the student was otherwise eligible to receive.
FSEOG grants are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. This means that we award FSEOG grants to the neediest students first, based on a very low or zero EFC. Funds are limited; therefore, students with a complete file by the published deadline are given first consideration. FSEOG is awarded for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters and the approximate amount awarded is $1500 per year. If funds are remaining after Spring quarter, funds may be awarded for the Summer quarter.
The purpose of the GO Grant program is to provide a need-based component to the state's financial aid plan to support nontraditional and low to moderate-income students who need additional aid to afford the cost of attending college. For more information, click here.
Some students may receive other assistance from outside sources. Financial Aid is required to use any "other assistance" that you are to receive as a resource when determining your aid package. You should report to Financial Aid any type of assistance which you may receive that isn't showing on your award letter, as soon as you become aware of it. If any assistance which you haven't reported comes to the attention of the Financial Aid office after you have been awarded aid and have possibly received disbursements, your aid package has to be re-calculated to make sure that you have not been awarded over your cost of attendance and you could owe funds back to the University to prevent an over award in federal aid.
- Americorps Education Award
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is available to members who are enrolled in the National Service Trust and have successfully completed a term of service.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs(BIA)
Students who are more than 1/4 Indian blood should be eligible for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) scholarships. BIA/OIEP funds may only be awarded to a person who is a member of a federallyrecognized Native American tribe.
Native American students must apply for a BIA/OIEP Indian Education Grant through their tribe, home agency, or area office of Indian Education. Check with your local BIA office for applications, eligibility and deadlines. The phone number for the California, Arizona, and Nevada BIA office is 1-702-887-3515.
The school's financial aid administrator must send a needs assessment to the director of the Higher Education program of the tribe, so the students have to file the FAFSA. Based on this need analysis, the student may be awarded "Higher Ed" grants. Awards typically range from $500 to $4,000 per year.Web Sites for Additional Information:
- Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
Provides assistance to parents to help pay for the child care they need to work or attend school or training.
- District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG)
Provides grants for undergraduate District students to attend eligible public universities and colleges nationwide at in-state tuition rates and provides smaller grants for students to attend private institutions in the D.C. metropolitan area and private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) nationwide.
- Food Stamp Program
Provides monthly benefits that help low income households buy the food they need for good health.
- Louisiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (LRS)
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Provides assistance and work opportunities to needy families by granting states the federal funds and wide flexibility to develop and implement their own welfare programs.
- Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
Provides funding to dislocated workers for training that leads to demand occupations in the state.