How Do You Know If You Qualify For A Pell Grant?

Qualifying for a Pell Grant real comes down to having an EFC that falls below 4,995, while at the same time being able to satisfy the list of Pell Grant Requirements. This list consists of about a dozen items that stand as yes-or-no eligibility criteria, with only two items being specific to the Pell Grant program.

The following is a list of the eligibility requirements that you need to pay attention to if you want to become eligible for the Pell Grant. They are separated according to whether or not they are only in place for the Pell Grant, or if they are in existence for all forms of federal student aid.

Pell Grant Specific Requirements

  • Currently serving jail-time in a state or federal penal institution
  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate student, cannot have bachelor’s degree

General Federal Student Aid Requirements

  • If you have a drug-related offense on your record, you may not be able to qualify unless you situation is unique, or you have completed a drug rehabilitation program.
  • Having a default on any sort of past federal aid may deny your eligibility, along with having a Pell overpayment.
  • If you are already on a full scholarship you won’t be eligible for the Pell Grant.
  • You need to be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or eligible non-citizen to become eligible for the Pell Grant.
  • You need to have either a GED, high-school diploma, or be able to pass an “ability to benefit” test.
  • You must have a valid social security number.
  • The school you are attending must be one of the 5,400 participating post-secondary institutions that partake in the Pell Grant program.
  • If you are a male between the ages of 18-25, you should be registered with the Selective Service.

These are the Pell Grant eligibility requirements that you should pay attention to if you want to become eligible for the Pell Grant, and by getting a passing grade on the aforementioned list, in combination with having an EFC that is below 4,95, a positive eligibility status should be established. Remember that the final Pell Grant amount is calculated via a separate methodology, and is reliant on factors such as EFC, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.


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