Federal Pell  (FAFSA)  Grants

A Federal Pell Grant is a cash award that does not have to be paid back!  For the 2014-2015 award year, the maximum amount a community college student can get is $5,500.


The amount of the award is based upon financial need, the student’s expected cost of attending college, the status of the student as full or part time, and the student’s plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.  Many community college students refer to these as “FAFSA grants” because they are obtained by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


The best way to fill out an application for a Pell Grant is to visit the FAFSA on the Website at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The application can be completed and submitted on line.  


The FAFSA on the Web site is very user friendly. On the Home Page, click on HELP.  THIS IS A MUST!!  You will avoid many difficulties if you take a few minutes to look at all of the links that will appear.  Using the links that appear after clicking on HELP.


•Download and fill out the “FAFSA on the Web Worksheet” before you attempt to complete the on line application (Type WORKSHEET in the search box).

•Find out what documents you will need to fill out the Worksheet and the online FAFSA application.  

•Obtain Federal Student Aid Identification Numbers (FSA ID) for the student and the parent (if parent signature is required).  This will enable the application to be “signed” on line.


In order to begin a FAFSA application, return to the FAFSA on the Web Home Page and click on “START A NEW FAFSA”.  You will be guided through the process.






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