Federal Pell Grant (FPELL)
The Federal Pell Grant does not have to be repaid and is a program for students who have not previously earned a baccalaureate degree. Pell Grant is considered the foundation of federal financial aid to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added. To apply, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If a student received a Pell Grant for the first time on or after July 1, 2008, he or she can only receive the Pell Grant for up to 18 semesters or the equivalent. Students can track their remaining Pell Grant eligibility on NSLDS at www.nslds.ed.gov or on the Student Aid Report.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a federal program for students who are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. The student must be under 24 years old or enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death. The award amount is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year.