A Pell Grant is an important step for many students looking for a college education. It is so valuable because it is a grant, you don’t have to pay it back like a traditional loan.

Students who qualify could get approved for up to $6,000 in federal aid. Let’s see if you qualify!

Here’s more good news, Pell Grants aren’t all-or-nothing. Even if you don’t get the full amount you may qualify for a partial amount.

What is the Pell Grant?

The Pell Grant is a federal subsidy for stundents that need financial help to go to college. The thing is, the “need” is not black and white.

It is not completely determined by your families income. They take into account things like how many children your family has in college, family assets, college tuition cost and more.

The only caveat is that Pell Grant recipients must achieve a standard of academiic success.

How to apply for a Pell Grant

All you need to do is fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Regardless of if you think you qualify you should still apply.

It is important to fill out the form as soon as possible so you do not miss out. It is a first come first serve grant.

For the school year of 2021-2022, FAFSA opened up on October 1, 2020 and closes on June 30, 2022 so act as soon as you can.

A few things to note:

  1. You must fill out FAFSA every year for Pell Grant eligibility
  2. Fill out FAFSA as soon as posible since financial aid is finite
  3. Your SAR requires a response to claim the grant

Here are the requirements

  • Must be a U.S citizen
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED, or home-school certification
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Males aged between 18 and 25 must register with Selective Service
  • Must be accepted to an eligible certificate or degree program