Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are usually only awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. Find out why you might have to repay all or part of a federal grant.

 

Pell funding amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,495 for the 2021–22 award year (July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022).

 

The amount you get, though, will depend on:

  • Your Expected Family Contribution,
  • The cost of attendance (determined by your school for your specific program),
  • Your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • Your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
 

Federal Pell Grant Eligibility

How to Apply for the Federal Pell Grant

Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to apply for the Federal Pell Grant.

 

 

Who is Eligible for Federal Pell Grant

In order to qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, students must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be a degree-seeking student or enrolled in an eligible certificate program.
  • Have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA. Click here for a short video about your EFC.
  • Have not previously received a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. 

 

How Long You Can Receive the Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant funding is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time terms (lifetime eligibility), starting from the first time you received Federal Pell Grant funding. If you have already received the equivalent of or exceeded the 12 full-time term limit, you will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds. Pell Grant payments can be viewed on NSLDS.

There are no appeals or exceptions for the life-time eligibility Pell Grant rule.

 

How to Maintain the Federal Pell Grant

In general, you must maintain enrollment in an undergraduate course of study at a nonforeign school to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Additionally, you will have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.

Once you have earned a baccalaureate degree or your first professional degree or have used up all 12 terms of your eligibility, you are no longer eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.

 

Summer Pell Grants

Fall/Spring FULL-TIME Students: Summer Pell Grant Requirements

In the past, students who were full-time in the fall and spring were not eligible to receive Pell Grants in the summer. However, the great news is that with Year-round Pell Grants, you may be able to receive Pell to fund your summer courses! It is our hope, that this will help you graduate sooner and with less debt.

 

WANT YEAR-ROUND PELL FOR SUMMER? HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

  • Enroll in 6 credit hours that count toward the degree plan for your eligible program.

  • Submit 20-21 FAFSA and not have any incomplete items on Financial Aid To-do List

  • Be actively pursuing a degree or certificate program at HCC. Students who are enrolled at HCC for the summer term only (not enrolled in Fall or Spring semesters), are not eligible to receive aid. 
     
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and be in good academic standing.

 

DON’T WAIT. ENROLL TODAY.

If you have a 20-21 FAFSA on file and no outstanding Financial Aid To-do List items, the Financial Aid Office will hold your summer classes until June 4, 2021.

We strongly encourage you to enroll in classes while you await a decision for your summer aid eligibility. Again, you must be enrolled in 6 credit hours to take advantage of Summer Pell. 

Please know that funds are not guaranteed.

 

 

Fall/Spring PART-TIME Students: Summer Pell Grant Requirements

WANT SUMMER AID? HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

  • Submit 20-21 FAFSA and not have any incomplete items on Financial Aid To-do List.

  • Be actively pursuing a degree or certificate program at HCC. Students who are enrolled at HCC for the summer term only (not enrolled in Fall or Spring semesters), are not eligible to receive aid. 

  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and be in good academic standing.

DON’T WAIT. ENROLL TODAY.

If you have a 20-21 FAFSA on file and no outstanding Financial Aid To-do List items, the Financial Aid Office will hold your summer classes until June 4, 2021. 

We strongly encourage you to enroll in classes while you await a decision for your summer aid eligibility

Please know that funds are not guaranteed.

 

Purchasing Books Using Summer Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will send you an email once your aid is authorized to purchase books and supplies.

Learn more about buying books with financial aid.

 

Student Summer Positions

Traditional Work-Study is part-time student employment with plenty of open positions and funding available for students who qualify.

With a Traditional Work-Study financial aid award, students can:

  • Work part-time on-campus or off-campus (remote positions are available)
  • Work up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Earn $11.00 per hour (Work-Study award is not a lump sum payment but earned in biweekly checks)

 

Get familiar with the application process & learn what you’ll need to apply by visiting the FA Traditional Work-Study webpage.

 

Path to Profession offers students a unique opportunity to get real world experience within their field of study, while getting paid. This program allows HCC to allocate federal work-study funds to student positions with community partners. 

HCC’s Path to Profession Program allows students to:

  • Be paid for apprenticeships, internships, clinical rotations, and other career-related positions with community partners
  • Students can work up to 40 hours per week
  • Hourly pay rate of $15.00 

 

Visit the Path to Profession webpage for more information on this new program