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 PellGrant may receive them 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 is the fall and spring semesters (currently the 2018-2019 year). Award years begin July 1 and end June 30.
For the 2018-2019 award year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), the maximum scheduled Pell Grant award is $6,095 for undergraduate students enrolled full-time for one more semesters (12 or more credits) based on eligibility determined from the FAFSA.
Year Round Pell Grant (2nd Pell Summer)
A federal program that allows students to receive an additional Pell Grant during the summer term who used 100% of their first Pell Grant for the current award year. To receive an additional summer term Pell Grant students must be enrolled at least half-time (six or more financial aid eligible credit hours). Students who did not enroll full-time fall and/or spring may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant (from their original award) for summer if enrolled less than half-time.
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 2019 summer session will be attached to the 2018-2019 academic year. Students interested in receiving financial aid for summer must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA and the summer 2019 financial aid request form.
The Financial Aid Office will begin accepting forms for aid for summer 2019 tuition and fee expenses on March 4, 2019. 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 form and the information from your 2018-2019 FAFSA.
If eligible, a student will be able to receive a portion of a Pell Grant award during the summer 2019 semester: For the Pell Grant Award, a student must:
- Be Pell Grant eligible
- 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
- See above for 2nd Pell Summer information and eligibility
The amounts received will count toward the aggregate lifetime limit.
Transfer students only attending the summer semester to transfer credits back to their home institution are not eligible for financial aid.
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.