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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant can be used to pay your tuition or, if your tuition is covered by other means, help you pay for books and supplies, transportation, housing, and other education-related expenses. Pell is available only to students who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree or professional certificate.

What are the eligibility requirements?


How do I apply?
How much Pell can I receive?
Will the number of credits I take and my class attendance have an effect on the amount of Pell I receive?
What if I need money at the beginning of the semester for books?
What if I withdraw from a class or classes?
What if I drop a course?
Can I get Pell for summer session classes?

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and most other types of federal student aid, you must:

  • Have financial need.
  • Have a high school diploma, a GED, or have been home-schooled.
  • Be matriculated in a degree-seeking program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or other eligible classification of non-citizen (see Financial Aid Eligibility for Non-Citizens).
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Student Aid Programs.
  • Register with Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Certify by signing a FAFSA that you will use any federal student aid funds awarded to you solely for educational purposes.
  • Certify by signing a FAFSA that you are not in default of any federal student loan and that you do not owe a repayment of any federal student aid grant.

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How do I apply?

Apply for Pell by filing a FAFSA. Refer to the instructions contained on this page.


How much Pell can I receive?

Pell amounts vary from year to year according to the total amount of money budgeted by Congress to the program. Your expected family contribution (EFC), the number of semesters you attend each academic year, your enrollment status each semester, and Queens College's cost of attendance also affect how much Pell you receive each term.

You may not receive Pell funds from more than one school at a time. If you are attending more than one college or business school in the same semester, you may not receive Pell funds at both schools. If you do receive a Pell payment from more than one school in the same semester, you will have to return one of the payments to the federal government.

You may find out how much Pell you might receive this semester by going to the Pell Grant Award Schedule page.

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Will the number of credits I take and my class attendance have an effect on the amount of Pell I receive?

Yes. The amount of your Federal Pell Grant is fractionally pro-rated based on your enrollment status each semester. You may determine your enrollment status by counting the number of credits or equated credits for which you have been charged tuition.

Full-time – enrolled for 12 or more credits or equated credits = 100 percent of a semester's Pell.
Three-quarters-time– enrolled for at least 9, but fewer than 12 credits or equated credits = 75 percent of a semester's Pell.
Half-time – enrolled for at least 6, but fewer than 9 credits or equated credits = 50 percent of a semester's Pell.
Less than half-time – enrolled for at least 1 but fewer than 6 credits or equated credits = 25 percent of a semester's Pell.

To qualify for a Federal Pell Grant award payment, you must begin attendance and maintain enrollment in your classes. The Office of Financial Aid checks your enrollment status at the end of the add/drop period and recalculates your Pell eligibility before issuing a disbursement of your Pell Grant.


What if I need money at the beginning of the semester for books?

A week before the start of fall and spring classes, eligible students may be issued up to $624 in advance, depending on the amount of available Pell Grant remaining after their tuition and fees are paid. These advance payments are intended to help students purchase books and supplies. For more information, access the Pell Book Advance page of this website.

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What if I withdraw from a class or classes?

Financial aid is awarded with the expectation that you attend all the classes for which your awards were intended. If you fail to begin attendance in some or all of your classes but receive a Pell payment for them, you must return this payment immediately to the college.

If you withdraw from all your classes after receiving a disbursement, you may have to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled as determined by the college according to federal regulations. If you fail to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled, you risk losing eligibility for future federal aid payments.

If you withdraw from all of your classes before a scheduled Pell Grant disbursement, you may be eligible to receive a portion of your Pell Grant based on the number of days you attended classes up to the date you withdrew. If you are eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement, you will receive a letter advising you when you may receive these funds. Retroactive withdrawals which eliminate any record of your attendance for a term will result in your having to repay all assistance you may have received for that term.

For more information about the effect of withdrawals on your federal financial aid eligibility, click here.

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What if I drop a class?

You will be eligible for Pell based upon your enrollment status at the end of the add/drop period. For example, someone who registers initially for 9 credits, but adds another 3-credit course during the add/drop period will be eligible for a full-time Pell grant. This also works in the opposite way for students who start out registered as full-time students and drop to a lower enrollment status: They will be eligible for a smaller Pell grant.

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Can I get Pell for summer session classes?

Detailed information on additional requirements for receiving summer Pell is available on our Summer Aid page.

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Fax: 718-997-5122 
 

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ECSI College Code - F5



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