The Pell Grant is an entitlement program available for those who need it to attend a post secondary educational institution. The amount of the Pell Grant entitlement is determined on the basis of the cost of education at the institution attended and the actual number of credits for which the student is enrolled. Students can reapply annually for Pell consideration. All students receive a copy of The Student Guide for Financial Aid, which is distributed by the U.S Department of Education.
A Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Awards can range up to $4,731.00 per academic year and are based on the financial need of the family or individual and the cost of education.
Students are notified of their Federal Pell Grant eligibility through an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR). This report is electronically transmitted directly to the Institute by the federal processor. The U.S. Department of Education employs a uniform formula to evaluate the information contained on the student aid application and to determine the index of need. In order to receive an award, the ISIR must be reviewed and eligibility confirmed by the Financial Aid Office.