Students must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for all federal and state financial aid awards, including the Federal Pell grant and Federal Student Loans. Students receiving a Pell grant may receive Pell grants for as many as 12 semesters of full-time enrollment (or the equivalent if enrolled part-time).
Annual Maximum Awards
Award year refers to the specific enrollment period. The normal award year at Germanna Community College (GCC) is the fall and spring semesters (currently the 2016-2017 year). Award years begin July 1 and end June 30.
- For the 2016-2017 award year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), the maximum scheduled Pell grant award is $5,815 for undergraduate students enrolled full-time for one more more semesters (12 or more credits) based on eligibility determined from the FAFSA.
- The maximum amount can change each award year and depends on program funding. The amount you get, though, will depend not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Summer Eligibility Limit and Disbursement
The 2017 summer session will be attached to the 2016-2017 academic year. Students interested in receiving financial aid for summer must complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and the GCC Summer 2017 Financial Aid Application.
The Financial Aid Office will begin accepting applications for aid for summer 2017 tuition and fee expenses on April 5, 2017. Please review the summer class schedule to plan your classes . Your initial aid eligibility will be calculated based on your projected enrollment as noted on your summer application AND the information from your 2016-2017 FAFSA.
If eligible, a student will be able to receive a portion of a Pell grant award during the summer 2017 semester: For the Pell grant award, a student must:
- Be Pell grant eligible
- Not have used 100% of their Pell grant during the summer 2016 (for Pell grants received that count towards your 2016-2017 Pell grant total), fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters
- Be enrolled in a financial aid eligible program of study at GCC
- Only taking classes that are required for your program of study at GCC
The amounts received will count toward the aggregate lifetime limit.
- If a student received 100% of the Pell grant at their prior school(s), the student will not have any Pell grant eligibility for summer 2017 attendance. Transfer students only attending the summer semester to transfer credits back to their home institution are not eligible for financial aid.
- Prior school disbursed $2,181 of a $5,815 Scheduled Award for fall semester and $2,907 for spring semester. Student has $727 to use for the summer semester.
Duration of Eligibility Example
- The Department of Education tracks student percentage used in the Common Origination and Disbursement System (COD) and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). As long as you have not reached 600% of Lifetime Eligibility, you may still have some Pell Grant eligibility remaining.
- Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.