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Federal Financial Aid Pell Grant Entitlement Program


Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on this website: . This is a Federal program that offers assistance to eligible students who will attend a post secondary educational institution. The value of the award may vary from $726.00 to $5,815.00, depending on the amount of assistance reasonably available from the family. This award helps eligible students work toward an undergraduate degree. Once a student has earned a first Bachelors Degree, they are no longer eligible to receive PELL.


44 percent of the students are selected for verification by the Department of Education. If you are selected for verification, you will need to provide additional documentation to the Financial Aid Office. This includes a completed verification form and you and or your parent's IRS Tax Transcripts. This depends on your Dependency status located on your Student Aid Report.

Determination of PELL Eligibility

Pell will be disbursed to the number of hours students are enrolled in at the sixth week of classes to students who have complete files. Verification of attendance will be completed by the financial aid staff during week six.

Disbursement of PELL Refunds

Pell refund checks will be disbursed on week eight for students with a complete file and every week after until all students are paid out.

In the event of a student totally withdrawing from classes and ending up in repayment situation, the student will be responsible for the repayment back to the program.


After conduction, a review of an application provided for any credible information indicating that an application for Title IV, HEA program assistance may have engaged in fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with his or her application. The type of information that an institution must refer is that which is relevant to the eligibility of the applicant for Title IV, HEA program assistance, or the amount of the assistance, will be referred to the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Education for investigation.

Examples Are:

  • False claims of independant student status;
  • False claims of citizenship;
  • Use of false indentites;
  • Forgery of signatures of certifications;
  • False statements of income.