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Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are funds that may be awarded to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet received a Bachelor’s degree and who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. The amount of these awards is determined by the federal government and is based on each student’s eligibility, need and the number of hours in which they are enrolled.

The Federal Pell Grant award amount for the 2017-2018 aid year will range from $593 to $5920.

 

NEW - Year-Round Pell

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, an eligible student may now receive a Pell Grant year-round for fall, spring, and summer even if they received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters.  Year-round Pell Grant availability can provide students with an excellent opportunity to accelerate program completion, possibly saving on overall degree cost and limiting student loan debt. 

As an example of how Year-Round Pell will work: An eligible student receives a full-time Pell Grant of $2960 in the fall semester and another at $2960 for full-time again in the spring. This student can now also receive up to another full-time Pell Grant of $2960 for the summer semester even though they have technically received 100% of their annual Pell award during fall and spring.  This would mean that the student may now be eligible to receive a total of $8880, or 150% of their scheduled Pell Grant during one academic year. 

Note: All Pell Grant payments continue to count toward lifetime limits.

 

Pell Lifetime Limits

Effective July 1, 2012, students can receive a Pell Grant for no more than 12 full-time semesters, or the equivalent, during their lifetime. This rule applies to all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students that have already reached their lifetime limits for Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant. 

If you have received the Pell Grant for a number of semesters, you may be in jeopardy of exhausting your lifetime limit of Pell Grant eligibility.

Students who have used 450% or more of their Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility are notified by the Department of Education after submission of their FAFSA. 

To learn more about the Federal Pell Grant, Lifetime Limits and how your eligibility is calculated please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell

Students can review their Pell Grant disbursements and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) at www.nslds.ed.gov.

Students who have exhausted their Pell grant eligibility will not be eligible for state aid such as CCRG grants or other federal grants such as SEOG, regardless if they meet other qualifications such as Satisfactory Academic Progress or Expected Family Contribution (EFC) criteria. Please contact our office if you need additional clarification.

 

Additional Requirements and Information Regarding Federal Pell Grants

  • If you receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that requires correction, please refer to the instructions on the SAR. Our office must obtain official authorization of all corrections from the federal processor before any funds can be disbursed to students.
  • The maximum Pell Grant amount is set by the federal government annually.  The amount of your Federal Pell Grant is based on your financial need, cost of attendance and on the number of credits for which you are enrolled each semester at Census Date. Full-time students will receive their full eligibility. Awards for students enrolled less than full time are prorated based on actual enrollment. Please refer to Enrollment and Proration under the Getting Awards section of this website for more information.
  • You cannot receive a Pell Grant at two different schools for the same semester. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be notified if a student receives a Pell Grant disbursement at another school; this can result in a billing from either school and a balance may be owed.
  • If you are in default or have a federal overpayment, you will not be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. You must also be making Satisfactory Academic Progress to be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. 

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are federal funds awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet received a bachelor’s degree and who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. This type of grant is usually awarded to students demonstrating exceptional need. The amount of SEOG awards awarded at MSU Denver are $300 per semester. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the disbursement of SEOG. This award will prorate according to the student's enrollment. 

Students who have exhausted their Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used (Pell LEU) are no longer eligible to receive SEOG. If you lose the Federal Pell Grant during the academic year, future grants will be canceled and not disbursed.

Funding is limited and is awarded on a first-come first-served basis to eligible students with a complete financial aid file.

 

Colorado College Responsibilities Grants (CCRG)

Colorado College Responsibilities Grant (CCRG) are funds given to the school by the Colorado General Assembly and awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet received a bachelor’s degree and who are Colorado residents for tuition purposes. The amount of CCRG awards are up to $2000 per semester.

Eligibility criteria for CCRG are specific to MSU Denver. The University’s criteria are a modification of the State of Colorado regulations. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the disbursement of CCRG. This award will prorate according to the student's enrollment.

Students who have exhausted their Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used (Pell LEU) are no longer eligible to receive CCRG. If you lose the Federal Pell Grant during the academic year, future grants will be canceled and not disbursed.

Funding is limited and is awarded on a first-come first-served basis to eligible students with a complete financial aid file.

 

MSU Denver Need Based Grant (MNEED)

MSU Denver Need Based Grant (MNEED) are institutional funds awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet received a bachelor’s degree and who are Colorado residents for tuition purposes. The amount of MNEED awards are typically $500 per semester and is awarded based on a student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the disbursement of MNEED. This award will prorate according to the student's enrollment.

Students who have exhausted their Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used (Pell LEU) are no longer eligible to receive MNEED. If you lose the Federal Pell Grant during the academic year, future grants will be canceled and not disbursed.

Funding is limited and is awarded on a first-come first-served basis to eligible students with a complete financial aid file.

 

Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements. 

Only students who are completing their first Bachelor’s Degree are currently eligible at MSU Denver. Other eligibility requirements include:

  • GPA of 3.25+ or score within the 75th percentile in any battery of the ACT/SAT
  • Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Sophomore standing or greater (30+ completed/transferred credits)
  • Complete Financial Aid file
  • Completing coursework to become a teacher in one of the following areas:
    • Secondary Education/Math
    • Secondary Education/Science
    • Special Education
    • K-12 Modern Languages
    • Elementary Education with Linguistically Diverse Endorsement

If you feel you may qualify for and are interested in receiving the Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, contact MSU Denver’s Office of Financial Aid in order to complete a Pre-Application.  
Important Notice:  The Federal TEACH Grant is not need based and is awarded in amounts of up to $4,000/academic year and is subject to an undergraduate maximum of $16,000.  The Grant is pro-rated based on the student’s enrollment status.  Students receiving the Federal TEACH Grant agree to teach full time for at least four years in a Title I school in a high-need field within eight years of receiving their teacher licensure.  If the student fails to do so, the Federal TEACH Grant is converted to an unsubsidized loan, accruing interest as of the date of the first disbursement. 

Students who have exhausted their Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used (Pell LEU) are no longer eligible to receive TEACH. If you lose the Federal Pell Grant during the academic year, future grants will be canceled and not disbursed.

For more information, please click here: TEACH Fact Sheet
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