2013 - 2014 Pell Grant Application
Applicants interested in the Pell Grant should complete the 2013 -2014 Pell Grant Application, also known as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is administered by the Department of Education and determines if you are eligible for federal student aid. The Federal Pell Grant is available for low-income undergraduate students that are in financial need to pay for their educational expenses. The 2013 - 2014 FAFSA application is available for the July 1 2013 - June 30 2014 school year. The federal deadline to submit the application is no later than June 30, 2014, but make sure to check with your resident state to see if they have an earlier FAFSA deadline.
There have been significant changes to the 2013-2014 FAFSA application that applicants should be aware of, which include the following:
For 2013-2014, the FAFSA administration will use financial data transferred from the IRS, if the applicant has not changed it, to bypass certain edits that are triggered when adjusted gross income and taxes paid appear to be inconsistent. If there are major consistencies then the administration will use what was reported within the applicant’s tax returns.
For 2013-2014, the FAFSA administration has also enhanced the verification criteria to include applicants with unusual enrollment history. This includes new edits to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) prescreening process to generate a new NSLDS Unusual Enrollment History Flag that will be displayed in the NSLDS section of the ISIR.
Also, the following verification items were added for the 2013-2014 to ensure only eligible applicants will receive Title IV aid:
High School Completion Status - Certain applicants are now required to verify their high school completion status-high school diploma, recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, or homeschool.
Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose - Certain applicants are now required to verify their identities and resubmit a Statement of Educational Purpose, as was originally provided as part of the FAFSA submission.
The Pell Grant is a great option for many low-income undergraduate students that are in need of additional financial aid. If you have additional questions about the FAFSA then you should contact your school’s financial aid office. They will be able to provide you with additional information and can hopefully answer any of your remaining questions.
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