The Federal Pell Grant is considered gift-aid that does not have to be repaid. The Pell Grant award is based upon the student’s EFC and enrollment status. The Pell Grant award is based solely on financial need. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid unless, for example, the student is awarded funds incorrectly or the student withdraws from school. The amount the student receives depends on his/her financial need, cost of attendance and enrollment status. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students – those who haven’t earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Amounts can change yearly. In order to determine a student’s eligibility; the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list BPCC as a school; the school must receive a valid Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), generated by the FAFSA submission, while the student is enrolled and eligible. To be valid, the SAR/ISIR must contain the following:
- A Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC);
- All information used in the calculation of the EFC complete and accurate at the time the application was signed;
- Accurate information, subject to updating, at the time the SAR/ISIR (not selected for verification) is submitted to BPCC; and
- Accurate information as of the time of verification; at the time the SAR/ISIR (selected for verification) is submitted to BPCC.
Maximum Pell Award
Eligibility for Pell grants has been restricted to 12 semesters of full-time enrollment, or the equivalent for part-time students. If you have been a full-time student and have received Pell grants for 12 semesters, you cannot receive another Pell grant. Pell eligibility is pro-rated for part-time attendance. This affects current and future students. » More information about Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used
The amount of the Pell Grant that a student is eligible to receive is dependent on several factors, which include: the expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA, the student’s enrollment status (full-time, ¾-time, ½-time, less than ½ -time), and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less. If you know your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA, you may use the Pell Grant Award Schedule to determine the amount of your Pell grant award.
NEW! Year Round Pell Awards
Summer Pell Grant Information
The Department of Education has announced that students that are eligible for Pell Grant may be able to receive a third disbursement of Pell Grant each academic year. Bossier Parish Community College will implement “Year Round Pell Grant” beginning in the summer of 2018. Students must be eligible for Pell Grant as determined by the Department of Education, and must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) for the summer semester.
Here is an example of how Year Round Pell Grant will work:
A student with a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is eligible for $6,095 in Pell Grant for the year, or $3,048 for the fall semester and $3,047 for spring semester (based on full-time enrollment both semesters). Under the old rules, that student would not receive any Pell Grant if they enrolled for the summer semester. Under the New Year Round Pell Grant initiative, that student would receive an additional $3,048 disbursement if they were to enroll full-time (12 credit hours) for summer or up to a maximum of $9,143 for the entire academic year. If the student enrolled half-time, he or she would receive $1,524 of Pell Grant for summer, or one-half of a full disbursement.
It is important to note that this change will not result in extra Pell Grant being awarded to a student over the course of their undergraduate enrollment. The maximum time frame that eligible students may receive Pell Grant is for the equivalent of twelve full-time semesters. In the past, a full-time student could receive only two disbursements per year. Now that student will be able to receive up to three Pell disbursements in one academic year. Students that have been awarded Pell Grant for the 2019- 2020 academic year are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid office for assistance with financial planning for the summer of 2020.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFC will be considered first for an SEOG. Just like the federal Pell Grant, the SEOG does not have to be repaid. Funds for this program are limited.
The Federal SEOG is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis depending on your financial need. The average BPCC SEOG award is $450 per semester. Priority is given to students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who have submitted the FAFSA prior to June 1.
To apply for a Federal SEOG you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Eligibility for the Federal SEOG is based upon your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined from the FAFSA. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) is awarded to students whose parent or guardian died as result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Students must have been younger than 24 years old or have been enrolled in college at the time of the parent or guardian’s death to qualify. Students must complete the FAFSA to apply for this grant.
The Go Grant is state grant that does not have to be repaid. Eligibility criteria may be found at the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance web site. Funding is limited. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) and will receive the following award amounts per year:
- Full-time (at least 12 credit hours) – $1,000/year ($500 per semester; fall/spring)