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Financial Aid: Grants

Grants, considered as “gift” aid, are provided by federal, state, and institutional sources based on financial need and do not require repayment. Your eligibility for grants will be determined by the Financial Aid Office, using the information from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the initial step in applying for financial aid.

Grant Availability

The Federal Pell Grant, a cornerstone of federal financial aid, is awarded based on need and is not repayable. It primarily supports undergraduate students who haven’t yet earned a bachelor’s or professional degree, with some exceptions for students in certain postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs.

Eligibility for the Pell Grant excludes those who are currently incarcerated in federal or state penal institutions or those subjected to an involuntary civil commitment after serving time for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.

Unlike loans, Pell Grants do not require repayment, except in specific situations.

Lifetime Eligibility Used:

You can only receive Federal Pell Grant funding for the equivalent of six full-time academic years, starting from the first time you received Federal Pell Grant funding. If you have already received the equivalent of or exceeded the 6 full-time academic years’ limit, you will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds. You may view your current Pell Grant payments at

There are no appeals or exceptions to the six full-time academic years Pell Grant rule.


To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you must meet these requirements each academic year:

  • Complete a FAFSA application.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled in a financial assistance eligible certificate program.
  • Have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Have not have previously received a bachelor’s degree.
  • Must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program.
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress at the academy.

The Financial Aid Office will verify your eligibility based on the information submitted on your FAFSA.


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