Federal Pell Grant


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  • Scholarship Description
  • A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense. Amounts can change yearly. The amount you get, though, will depend on: your financial need, your cost of attendance, your status as a full-time or part-time student and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. You can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years). You'll receive a notice if you're getting close to your limit. If you have any questions, contact your financial aid office. Your school can apply Federal Pell Grant funds to your school costs, pay you directly, or combine these methods. For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid's website.
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  • Federal Student Aid
  • P.O. Box 84
  • Washington, DC 20044-0084
  • 800-433-3243

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Mariah F  on 8/15/2018 3:02:24 PM

Good day. My name is Mariah Fernandez and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I have lived in Chicago all of my life and in recent years Chicago has become a some what of a battlefield. Gone are the days of playing outside, riding bikes and just playing the normal kids games outside because of the High Crime, violence and killing. Its my go to become a teacher and to work to make Chicago safe again for all. I want to be a part of the change that is coming and be a part of educating the young girls and boys to become men and women with a purpose. Chicago children will not be forgotten there is so much good in the city of Chicago and I want to be a part of bringing out the very best in the children.

Egypt R  on 8/13/2018 6:48:17 PM

Hello my name is Egypt Rouser. My whole life I have lived in Jackson, Ms. While there i was in school but while in school I had to overcome a lot of obstacles. Before I was even born my mother had suffered from mental illness. Being a child of course this was something that I could not understand. Although my mother had a caretaker who was her sister she mainly did not do her job. This left me to have to take care of my mother while I still had to deal with my studies not to forget that our only source of income was government assistance. As a child this was stressful for me because most of this money went towards bills and what was left could barely buy us what we needed for the house. As a child I learned to deal with it but still it did take its toll on me. Years later my brother stepped in to ensure that I made it to the next level of my life. While I did make it still I do not have the financial stability to help me pay for my tuition in college. My lack of knowledge about grants and loans caused me to miss the opportunity to accept federal loans that were offered to me. Now I am here trying to make up for it. The deadline to pay my tuition is almost here. If i do not manage to get it paid off my brother claims he will move me back to Mississippi. Which breaks my heart because I know I will not be able to get the same experience and education there that I would get here.

Justin H  on 8/7/2018 4:20:26 PM

Hi, my name is Justin Hill and i just looking for extra money to go to school. I want to be a graphic designer. I know various of programs already and the school i want to go to is Full Sail University. I feel as though that this is the college i need to be present in. Extra money will help out a lot so if you read up until this point i appreciate you.

Garret G  on 8/4/2018 3:55:46 PM

I am entering my second year of school this fall. My parents do not have the money needed to help me continue next year, let alone the next semester. I could really use the grant to help pay for my dorm and books. The financial aid office is not able to get me qualified for any additional funding with student loans. I am studying to become a wildlife officer and there are not any scholarships, that I can find, for that field. Any help at all would go along way to helping me secure a future as a wildlife officer. Thank you!!!

Kirsten H  on 8/2/2018 2:43:32 PM

Good afternoon, I am interested in this grant for I am technically the new first-generation college student. I say this because my older sister would have been the first but sadly she had to quit going to college due to her having an unexpected baby that happened to be born 10 weeks early. With the baby being born early the medical bills have taken a toll on my family and I. Putting us in a struggle to get the money for my college. This grant would be very helpful in furthering my education. If you could please inform me on how to apply for this grant that would be much appreciated

Shakur M  on 7/26/2018 2:44:34 PM

Hi, my name is Shakur McGarrity. I've been told all my life I have a learning disability. My school thought it was not good for me to go to a university. I can't lie it was a struggle for me to make it out of high school and I did. I graduated from high school and I also got accepted to Bluffton University. I play football and I am excited about going there. But it looks like with everything I have been through. I may not be able to go because my mom can't afford it. I need 12,700 for the year. I am praying i cant get a loan nor she can. I just want to prove to my self and everyone else that even with some short coming you can still be great at what you love with hard work and dedication.

Jacob P  on 7/22/2018 10:43:59 PM

Evening. This Fall semester is new since i barely went to college for a few classes. Currently my financial state is in a curve ball with rent with my mother and working hard to get money for paying for my college tuition. I do appreciate any sort of opportunity you can give.

Kristen N  on 7/19/2018 6:03:34 PM

I am trying to better myself and go to college.

brandin s  on 7/18/2018 8:43:26 AM

Hi my name is Brandin Shields. I am writing this post because I really need help in returning college degree. My job now Is barely cutting it! I live mainly pay check to pay check due to high cost on rent. I don't get any help from my parents and pay a total of 800+ on rent plus unities. I want to go back to school and I'm scared of having to pay back a loan just to fulfill my dreams with going to school for cyber security. My current gpa in school is a 3.4. I am willing to do anything to not have to pay back a loan and help my family out.Please fulfill my dreams. Thanks Brandin

Danielle S  on 7/17/2018 6:41:00 PM

I am looking forward to hopefully receiving the Federal Pell Grant. This scholarship will help me so much going about to school. I am a stay-at-home-mom with a newborn baby and would love to go back to Chicago State University this Fall Semester as a Sophomore. I am already in dept with loans and bad enough my financial status is poor. I work part-time.

Jaquelynn S  on 7/16/2018 7:45:38 AM

Good Morning. This upcoming fall semester will be my second year attending The University Of Pittsburgh at Titusville as a first-generation college student. Having a 3.9 GPA my first year has encouraged the university to help me with financial aid; however, this year will be even more difficult for my family's financial aid situation. I am applying in the hopes that I receive this grant to benefit my second year of college and my family's financial situation. I appreciate this opportunity to apply.

Jason K  on 7/1/2018 1:52:56 PM

Good Evening, I am interested in this grant for I am a first generation student and need all the help I can get. Being the first in my family to attend college the cost impacted us and every year struggle to get the money together to pay for all the necessities that come with college in addition to the general tuition costs. If you could please let me know how I can apply for this grant it would be much appreciated!

Raychel D  on 6/19/2018 11:09:28 PM

I am interested in applying because I need all the help I can get currently I cannot afford to continue school and this grant would help a lot. Please advise

Daniela T  on 6/11/2018 12:50:41 PM

Good Afternoon, I am coming onto my second year of college at Texas Tech University. I have finished my first year with a 3.82 GPA and strive to make my way to graduate school for clinical psychology, however, I am in need of financial help so I do not end in a hole of dept. My family is struggling to pay for my education as the scholarships I had this previous year were one time. This grant could be extremely beneficial in furthering my education. If you could inform me on how to apply for this grant I would be grateful.

Garrit S  on 4/25/2018 2:21:05 PM

How do I apply for this grant

Isabel  on 2/18/2018 2:12:17 PM

Can my daughter apply? She has moved back into our home because she can't afford to pay rent and we can't afford the dorms. she works part time, we try to help her like paying her car and car insurance, but we are getting in debit by using credit cards. How can she qualify while still living at home. She is a junior/senior in college.

April M  on 12/17/2017 2:03:04 PM

To Anonymous Poster: Yes, a federal pell grant is renewable every year. As long as your financial situation does not change, you can expect the same grant money.

Lindsey E  on 7/21/2016 5:47:53 PM

Is it possible to get a federal Pell grant every academic year? My daughter and I qualified for the max amount this year...if our financial situation does not change can we expect the same next year?

Hana M  on 5/31/2016 11:40:20 PM

I have worked hard to get where I am now. I am a student that maintains a 3.3 GPA. I complete on the track team at my university. I need help paying for education. I am going to school to get a criminal justice degree. The money I could receive would go to tuition.

ashtin h  on 5/14/2016 4:03:27 PM

i have a 3.3 gpa and i need money to pay for my books and i don't have the money to pay for my books and i was searching on the internet and i came across this site and i really need money for my schooling because the school that go to miles college is very expensive. i have the grades and the gpa so i should receive the grant

Dustin B  on 2/6/2016 2:11:16 PM

the fafsa asks for information from my parents but I don't live with them what does it matter how much my parents make a year if I no longer live with them?

Justice M  on 1/28/2016 12:48:42 PM

My parents recently got a divorce and now I'm needing help financially for school and rent. The rent is hard on my mom right now going through all of this. I'm a freshman in college and I also work everyday of the week.

Maribel N  on 10/2/2015 7:12:03 PM

Im a single mother of two kids , im also the first in my family to attend college. Im wanting to further my education and show my kids that no matter what circumstances you are in always be better then yesterday.

ivan h  on 9/7/2015 2:32:05 PM

first child to go to college need financial help to push thru my college career. need the smallest help to be able to pursue my career

Kayla S  on 8/16/2015 2:05:19 PM

single mom of two children under 3. Going back to school no matter what it takes to create a better future for my girls.

Margarita s  on 8/16/2015 12:41:49 PM

This would make me so happy to receive. I recently graduated high school, & I have a 2 year old. I'd love to beat statistics and have an amazing career for me and my daughter!

Madison M  on 8/15/2015 10:07:31 PM

Worried I will not get into College of Nursing because I have no cosigner.

Amina A  on 7/29/2015 7:02:33 AM

I am going to apply. Hopefully I win.

Keyonte M  on 7/26/2015 1:40:55 PM

Very needed to help my parents out. We do not have the money to come out of pocket to pay for college,

Thelma Dianne M  on 6/27/2015 6:53:48 PM

Money is the very tight and needing help to finish.

Robert L  on 4/15/2015 6:44:50 PM

I have not applied for this scholarship yet. I am going to apply not to use it towards my gaming degree at JJC. I would love to get this schoarship as it will of course help me pay for college, since I am paying for all of my tuition alone. Hope I win!

george h  on 4/9/2015 11:16:16 AM

Getting the Pell Grant would be ideal, fro me. I have high-honors standing with a 3.86 gpa. I do have Crohns' disease and am curently not employed.

Brandon M  on 4/8/2015 12:22:18 PM

I know I cannot get many of these because I'm considered dependent even though my parents do not help me and I have to do it all by myself. Between work and trying to pay all my bills and student loans I don't know if I will make it the entire four years.

Walker W  on 3/17/2015 2:55:30 PM

This grant is the reason I can attend community college in my area, but I still have to work part-time to support just myself.

Kendall S  on 7/31/2013 11:04:59 PM

I have not applied for this Pell Grant yet, I feel like if I apply for some reason or another I will not receive the grant. Money is tight for my family and I and I am dedicated to pursuing my career and furthering my knowledge by attending UH, in the fall. Money is the only thing holding me back. I have a great educational background and I have applied for many scholarships but have not received a single one. I am going to apply and hopefully there is still some hope. To all you college students out there don't give up and keep on pushing for success because once success knocks at your door, you will know exactly who's knocking.

Breanna G  on 12/2/2011 9:15:34 PM

A very useful grant, im definitely going to apply for it

Chelsea P  on 11/20/2011 8:23:36 PM

Thank you, Federal Pell Grant. Without it, I wouldn't be able to afford college, and I'd be a much unhappier person. For those of you who are applying: Fill out your FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) and if you are a full-time student demonstrating significant financial need they will consider you.

Blaine B  on 9/27/2011 7:52:33 AM

I"m going to apply to this because it seems like an easy one to get. I need all the help i can get to get into college because my family is poor. Also people, if you have not applied for fasfa i suggest you do. Its a BIG help!

Pearce D  on 5/20/2011 12:48:00 AM

My dad has been out of work ( a college grad) and he is now working as a janitor making very little. The Pell helped me through my junior year of college. With increases for the upcoming year I'm really praying for it again this year P.S.D

Valeria V  on 1/31/2011 8:32:17 PM

Pell grants are the best!!! Thanks for this past year's tuition!!

Jenifer R  on 12/1/2010 7:11:10 PM

i applied to this scholarship because i want to go to university of new orleans and with out it i wouldnt be able to go

Samantha M  on 10/21/2010 2:37:45 AM

I didn't have to apply they just offered it to me and i recieved the maximum grant

arianna t  on 5/29/2010 11:08:39 AM

Helpful but as said before this is not a scholarship. Your school will determine if you will recieve it.

Dillan P  on 7/30/2009 9:16:41 PM

Pell Grant is NOT a scholarship. You have to apply through FAFSA, which will determine if you are eligible. If you are eligible, the college you have been admitted to will supply you with the funding. If those of you below did not fill out a FAFSA form, contact your college financial aid office right away to discuss what you need to do and what options you have. Deadlines for FAFSA applications may have already passed for the upcoming school year. Good luck to everyone...I hope you all receive what you need.....God bless you all and don't give up...your future is worth every bit of time it takes to keep trying.

Jordan F  on 7/16/2009 4:08:36 PM

I have signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisburg College. I am very excited. Our home burned down and we are in the middle of rebuilding and our contractor took alot of money and did not complete the work. My parents are now in all types of litigation with all of that. I need scholarship money to be able to attend. I have some acedemic money but that is all. I will work hard and have a great work ethic on and off the football field. jbf

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