Federal Pell Grants
Pell Grants are intended to be the financial base for all students applying for federal financial aid. Other forms of aid may be added to the Pell Grant to meet a student’s total financial need. Students wishing to apply for any form of aid must apply for the Pell Grant because it is the basis for determining all other aid awarded. The Pell Grant award is a grant and does not have to be repaid. Eligibility and the actual amount of the student’s award are determined by the U.S. Department of Education on the basis of the student’s own financial resources coupled with the student’s family’s resources and the total appropriation allotted by the federal government of the program for each academic year.