Federal Pell Grant Information

Apply NOW for FALL 2014 using the 2014-2015 FAFSA and 2013 federal tax information.  The priority deadline is Friday, July 11 at noon.  Failure to complete your file by the priority deadline will delay the award process.

The U.S. Department of Education reduced the duration of a student's eligibility to receive Pell grant funds from 18 semesters or 12 semesters.  This applies to all students.  The calculation includes all earlier years of the student's receipt of Pell.

For example, a student enrolled full-time during fall 2011 and spring 2012 (our current term) will have used two of the available twelve lifetime semesters.  



Federal Pell Grant funds provide a foundation of financial aid to which other sources of aid may be added. The amount of a Pell Grant funding is based on a family's financial circumstances. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for a Pell Grant funding.

Students are paid only after all required documents are received, reviewed, and approved by the Office of Financial Aid. We encourage all students to apply early. Please order a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) on FAFSA.gov. If you are a dependent student, at least one of your parents will need to order a PIN.

Federal Pell Grants provide funding to low-income undergraduates with the greatest demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA.  The maximum award is currently $5730.00.  All awards are based on financial need, enrollment status, program of study, and attendance.  


CLICK HERE to go online and complete the Free Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) for the current year.


 
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is designed to assist students with exceptional unmet need as determined by FAFSA information and cost of attendance at Shelton. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).   This fund is limited and various from year to year.  The amount of money we receive determines the number of awards that we offer.  Priority is given to students that complete the FAFSA application early.
 
Federal Work-Study
Students who are selected for the Federal Work-Study program must be enrolled at least half time (6 hours). The maximum number of hours a student may work is 19 hours per week but the actual hours allowed will depend on the specific department and available funding. The pay scale is based on the prevailing federal minimum hourly wage. To apply, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Shelton State Community College Application for Federal Work-Study. Priority is given to those applicants who apply early.(click here to apply).
 
State Aid
ALABAMA STATE GRANT
The Alabama Student Grant Program is a state student assistance program established August 4, 1978 by the Legislature of the State of Alabama and designed to provide financial assistance to residents of the State of Alabama for undergraduate non-sectarian, secular education at independent, non-profit, postsecondary institutions of higher learning located within the State of Alabama.  Priority is given to students that complete the FAFSA application early.




Treatment of Title IV Aid When a Student Withdraws

SUMMARY OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF 34 CFR 668

The law specifies how Shelton State must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that a student earns when withdrawing from school. The Title IV programs that are covered by this law are Federal Pell Grants, Iraq Afghanistan Service Grants, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs).

When a student withdraws during a period of enrollment, the amount of Title IV program assistance that has been earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If a student received less assistance than the amount earned, he or she may be able to receive those additional funds. If more assistance was received than was earned, the excess funds must be re­turned by the school and/or the student.

The amount of assistance that a student has earned is determined on a prorated basis. For example, if a student completed 30% of a period of enrollment, he or she has earned 30% of the assistance originally scheduled to be received. Once a student has completed more than 60% of the payment period or period of enrollment, he or she has earned all the assistance that was scheduled to be received for that period.

If a student does not receive all of the funds that were earned, the student may be due a post-withdrawal disburse­ment. However, there are some Title IV funds that may have been scheduled to be disbursed, but cannot be disbursed once a student withdraws because of other eligibility requirements.

If a student receive excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, the college must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of

1. the institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of the funds, or

2. the entire amount of excess funds.

Any amount of unearned grant funds that the student must return is called an overpayment. The maximum amount of a grant overpayment that the student must repay is half of the grant funds received or scheduled to be received. The student does not have to repay a grant overpayment if the original amount of the over­payment is $25 or less. The student must make arrangements with their college or the Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds.

The requirements for Title IV program funds when the student withdraws are separate from any refund policy that the college may have. Therefore, the student may still owe funds to the school to cover unpaid institutional charges. The college may also charge for any Title IV program funds that the college was required to return. If the student doesn’t know the college’s refund policy, the student can ask for a copy at the college. The college can also provide the requirements and procedures for officially withdrawing from school.