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Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is an award of funds for educational expenses provided by the federal government to undergraduate students whose application information indicates financial need. The Pell grant does not have to be repaid.

The student must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year he or she plans to attend. A paper FAFSA form, which must be mailed to the federal processors, is available in the Financial Aid Office (FAO). However, the FAO recommends that the application be completed on the Internet at The FAO will receive an electronic report of the results of the application in 2-3 weeks. The student will be provided with a Student Aid Report in paper or electronic form.

The information submitted on the FAFSA is calculated by a federal formula, which is used to determine the Estimated Family Contribution or EFC. The EFC is the amount of money the Department of Education determines that a family should be able to contribute to a student's education. The student can lose this eligibility, based on below requirements, or other reasons specified by the U.S. Department of Education. Students who have been chosen to complete the verification process (through which information on the FAFSA is verified as accurate by the Financial Aid Office) must complete the verification process before any federal or state financial aid is processed.

Student Eligibility

1. Be enrolled as a regular student at least *half-time in an eligible program at an Illinois Eastern Community College. (*in some instances, students are eligible for less than half time funding.)
2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
3. File a signed statement with the college that states that all funds received will be used solely for educational and related purposes.
4. Maintain satisfactory progress toward program objective.
5. Not be in default on any Title IV loan.
6. Not owe a repayment on any Title IV grant received for attendance based at an Illinois Eastern Community College or any other institution based on NSLDS information/ISIR. This includes the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).
7. Selective service status verified.
8. Effective for the 2012-2013 school year, all students are limited to 12 semesters (600 units) of Pell eligibility

All applicants who are determined to be eligible based upon need, and who are not ineligible for some other reason, will receive the Federal Pell Grant.

The amount of the award is determined based upon the student's EFC, the cost of attendance at the college, and the number of eligible hours the student is enrolled in each semester. A chart is provided to the college each year, which is used to determine the student's full-time Pell award amount.

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