Federal Pell Grants are federal funds that may be awarded to undergraduate students who have not received a Bachelor’s degree and who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. The amount of the award is determined by the federal government and is based on each student’s eligibility and the number of hours for which a student is enrolled. The Federal Pell Grant award for the 2011-2012 aid year ranges from $400 to $5,550 per year. For the 2012-2013 aid year, the amount will range from $575 to $5550 Please contact our office if you are in the Teacher Licensure Program for you may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant even if you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree.
Things You Should Know About Federal Pell Grants
- If you receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that requires corrections, 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 amount of your Federal Pell Grant is based on the number of credits for which you enroll each semester before 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 see the Financial Aid Enrollment and Proration portion under Getting Awards of this website for more information.
- Federal Pell Grant eligibility is not based on the date you file your application. Filing your FAFSA after the priority application deadline does not affect your eligibility. Federal Pell Grant funds may be used for fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students may still receive a Pell grant at less than 6 credit hours if they were not enrolled full time for fall and/or spring semesters. Summer Federal Pell Grants may be available to you if you did not enroll full time for the previous fall and spring semesters. Full-time enrollment is considered to be 12 credit hours or more. Please refer to the Summer Semester brochure.
- You cannot receive a Pell Grant at two different schools for the same semester. The Office of Financial Aid 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.
Pell Limits as of the 2012-2013 Aid Year
Recently President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law greatly impacts all Pell Grant recipients that will be in effect beginning the 2012-13 aid year. Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students that are currently receiving the Pell Grant in the academic year 2011-2012 and have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2012.
If you have received the Pell Grant for a number of semesters prior to the 2012-13 aid year, you may be in jeopardy of exhausting your lifetime limit of Pell Grant eligibility during the 2012-2013 school year or will have reached this limit prior to the start of the Fall semester. In sum, if you have received a Pell Grant for 12 semesters (typically 6 years) as a full-time student, you have reached the lifetime eligibility used for Pell and are no longer eligible to receive future disbursements of this grant.
The calculation of the Pell Grant is as follows:
- If a new student is awarded $5550 for the 2011-12 aid year (fall and spring semesters) but only attends one semester full-time, she is eligible for $2775 which is 50% of her total award for that year and lifetime eligibility.
- If she then receives a Pell grant for the 2012-13 aid year and receives the grant for both semesters at full-time (using 100% of her eligibility for the year) then her lifetime eligibility increases to 150%. She therefore has 450% remaining of her lifetime Pell grant eligibility.
- Similarly, if a student attended ¾ time for the year she will then have earned 75% of her scheduled award.
Students may view their Pell Grant disbursements at www.nslds.ed.gov.
The Department of Education is currently working on revising all of their systems to reflect the updated information of each student’s lifetime eligibility earned. Once this information has been updated, our office will contact those students who have received 300% or more of their lifetime eligibility of Pell.
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.
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 $300 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.
Metro State 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. Students are eligible if they have an Expected Family Contribution of 7911-10547. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the disbursement of MNEED. This award will prorate according to the student's enrollment.
MSU Denver began participating in the Federal TEACH Grant Program during the 2008-2009 academic year. 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.
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