2014 - 2015 Pell Grant Application

The Pell Grant is a great option for low-income students that are in need of financial assistance to pay for their education.  The Pell Grant doesn’t have to be repaid and all funds can be used to pay for your education, which includes tuition, school fees, books and school supplies.  To qualify for a Pell Grant, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is the only application necessary for the Pell Grant. 

The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will provide a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents' marital status as unmarried and both parents living together.  This will give the Department of Education a better idea of how much total income the family is able to provide towards their dependant child’s education. 
The Pell Grant FAFSA Application can be completed online or through paper form.  Most applicants complete their application online, since they can fill-out the application anytime and start where they’ve previously left-off.  They can also receive confirmation that the application has been received.  If you complete the application online then make sure you have your personal FAFSA PIN available.  The FAFSA PIN is your electronic signature and must be used in order to submit your application successfully.  If you don’t have a FAFSA PIN, you must request one before starting the Pell Grant application.

The 2014-2015 Pell Grant Application will still collect family income, family size, cost of attendance, and the total family members currently in school to determine if you are eligible for a Pell Grant.  Once you have completed the application and signed all documentation, you will receive confirmation from the Department of Education that your FAFSA has been received. 
Once the FAFSA has been processed, all applicants will receive an EFC score.  The EFC (Expected Family Contribution) score determines how much money you will receive from the Pell Grant, if you qualify.  The lower the EFC score, the greater the chances are that you will receive a Pell Grant.  An EFC score of zero will qualify you to receive the full Pell Grant award amount for the 2014-2015 school year.

If you prefer to complete the paper form of the Pell Grant then you should reach out to your school’s financial aid office or your school counselor.  It is recommended that you request for a, “Return Receipt,” when mailing the application to the Department of Education.  The return receipt is to confirm that your application has been received to process.  Please keep in mind that completed and submitting the paper form FAFSA will take longer to process.  It will also take longer to make changes to the information given within the FAFSA.

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