Federal Financial Aid programs are funds administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Detailed information concerning these funds may be found at Federal Student Aid or the FAFSA. You may also obtain information by calling the U.S. Department of Education's toll-free number: 1-800-433-3243 (hearing-impaired individuals may call 1-800-730-8913). Federal Aid Programs are the largest, least restrictive, and most commonly received programs.
The programs that the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs directly awards to our students are listed below.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant.) Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.
The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2017–18 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018) will be $5,920. The maximum amount can change each award year and depends on program funding. The amount a student may receive, though, will depend not only on their financial need, but also on their costs to attend school, their status as a full-time or part-time student, and their plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.