- federal Pell Grant is a grant funded by the federal government
- federal Pell Grant is available to all students at NWLTC based on eligibility
- students must complete the FAFSA application located at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- the FAFSA determines Pell Grant eligibility
- Federal Pell Grant is awarded on the basis of need
- Federal Pell Grant does not require repayment, because it is a gift aid
How your Pell is initially calculated: The Pell Grant is initially based on full-time enrollment. The initial awards posted on LoLA are posted for the Pell grant amount for 12 hour enrollment. Once registration has been finalized, Pell Grants will be adjusted (re-calculated) to reflect the correct Pell grant amount based on the actual number of hours enrolled.
Pell Recalculation: Pell grants will be adjusted (re-calculated) for the correct enrollment status during the “enrollment verification” period. The “enrollment verification” period typically occurs during the 1st –13th day of class. This is a period of time when NWLTC instructors report all students who are enrolled in classes but did not begin attendance (no shows). After the “enrollment verification” period (but no later than the 16th day of class), the Director of Financial Aid will “freeze” the enrolled hours. If the enrollment status has changed, for example, the student is no longer enrolled (or attending) 12 credit hours, the Pell grant will be adjusted downward. After the “freeze” process occurs, Pell grants will no longer be adjusted for students for the parts of term module, Session A (full term – 16 weeks).
Pell Recalculation for Modules/Sessions: Pell grants will be re-calculated for students enrolled in modules/sessions after the first day of class for the module/session and after the “enrollment verification” (or “no show”) period for that module/session. An enrollment verification period will occur for each module.
Example: If you are enrolled for six hours for full-term (Session A) and later add a class that starts at a later date (Session B), your Pell will be re-calculated after the first day of class in Session B and after the “no show” period has ended” (typically prior to the 5th day of class). When Pell is re-calculated, the Pell grant will be increased if your enrollment status has increased. However, if your enrollment status has decreased (due to dropping classes previously paid for session A), your Pell grant will be decreased and you will owe money to the College.
Will you owe money? Yes, you may owe money due to Pell Recalculation.
Example: You enroll in nine (9) credit hours (three classes) for Session A and three (3) hours in a module/session that begins later in the semester. Once the financial aid office is notified that you have begun attendance in the three Session A classes, you will be awarded the Pell grant for nine (9) credit hours. When the module/session class begins (later in the semester) the financial aid office will recalculate your Pell grant. The instructor has verified that you began attendance in the session/module class. However, upon review, we notice that you have withdrawn from two of the Session A classes (dropped six (6) hours). When the Pell grant is recalculated, your new enrollment status is no longer nine (hours). Your enrollment status is now six (6) hours. Your Pell grant will be REDUCED to the six-hour Pell amount and you will have to repay a portion of the Pell grant you received for Session A. You will owe money to the College as a result of Pell recalculation. For more information, click on Pell Grant