Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added.

To determine if you are eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report (SAR), available on line at FAFSA, contains this number and will tell you if you are eligible.

Awards depend on Federal program funding. The maximum award based on full-time enrollment for the 2023-2024 academic year is $7,395 and the minimum is $767. Pell grant awards are determined by information on the FAFSA and the resulting "expected family contribution" (EFC) of $6,656 or less.  A student may receive a Pell Grant for the equivalent of six years, or 600%.

Other eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Must make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be either a U.S. citizen or meet a citizenship requirement.
  • Have no debt from a defaulted education loan.
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal SEOG.
  • Demonstrate compliance with any applicable Selective Service requirements.

Fredonia credits the funds to the student's account, writes the student a refund check, or combines these methods. Fredonia is required to notify students in writing how much they will be receiving.

What is Year-Round Pell?

The U.S. Department of Education Appropriations Act (2017) allows an eligible student to receive up to 150% of the student's Federal Pell Grant Scheduled Award beginning with the 2017–2018 award year.
To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds (over 100%), you must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period and must be enrolled at least half-time. For a student who is eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, the institution must pay the student all of the student's eligible Pell Grant funds, up to 150 percent of the student's Pell Grant Scheduled Award for the award year.

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