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DEFINITION

Federal Pell Grants are considered to be the first source of aid to the student and is need-based aid.

How to APPLY

  • To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, you must first complete the FAFSA. For information about how to complete a FAFSA, view Need to Complete your FAFSA? webpage.
  • Additionally, you must complete any other required items, which could include verification. These required items can be viewed in your myUVU student account. Log in to myUVU, go to Students, Paying For My Education, My Financial Aid Requirements, select the appropriate Aid Year.

ELIGIBILITY

  • You must be an undergraduate student who has not previously received a bachelor's degree.
    • A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but has not yet accepted that degree is not eligible for further additional federal student aid funds for that program. A student who completes all the requirements for a bachelor's degree but continues taking undergraduate courses without accepting that degree is not eligible to receive further Federal Pell Grant funds.
    • You must not be currently incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution.
    • You may not exceed your Pell Lifetime Eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 added a time limit for students receiving Federal Pell Grants. A student may receive federal Pell Grants for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. If you have received a Federal Pell Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters, you will no longer be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Please contact a Financial Aid and Scholarships Office Counselor if you have questions regarding your Federal Pell Lifetime Eligibility percentage.

Year-Round PELL GRANT - SUMMER Pell

    • Coming Summer 2018.
    • Students may be awarded up to 150% of their Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) in one year.
    • Must be Pell Grant eligible.
    • Must be enrolled at least half-time in the semester for which the student is receiving the extra funds.
    • The additional Pell Grant award amount may not exceed 50% of a student's annual Scheduled Pell Grant Award (one semester's amount).
    • Transfer students from one institution to another institution, who are otherwise eligible and have remaining Pell eligibility up to 150% of the student's Pell Grant Scheduled Award, may be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funds if enrolled at least half-time in the semester for which they will receive the additional funding.

More information to come.

AWARDING

Federal Pell Grant minimum and maximum award amounts are determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education. Your award amount is based upon your Expected Family Contribution, your Cost of Attendance, full-time enrollment, and the Federal Pell Grant Payment Schedule issued by the U.S. Department of Education. If your Expected Family Contribution is higher than the eligible Federal Pell Grant Expected Family Contribution found on the Federal Pell Grant Payment Schedule, you will not be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.

If you are eligible, a Federal Pell Grant will be awarded and automatically accepted. If you do not want to receive the Federal Pell Grant, you may contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to cancel the award.

A full award encompasses two full-time semesters, totaling 100% for an award year. A semester disbursement cannot exceed 50%. Example: If you are awarded a Federal Pell Grant of $5,000 for the award year, your Federal Pell Grant award per semester will be $2,500 (unless your Federal Pell Grant must be prorated due to your enrollment, see Enrollment and Census Date information below). If your Federal Pell Grant is prorated due to less than full-time enrollment, you may be able to use the difference for summer semester.

Per federal regulation, students are not permitted to receive a Federal Pell Grant at two schools in the same payment period (semester).

ENROLLMENT

Your Federal Pell Grant disbursement amount is based on your enrollment.

For financial aid purposes, there are generally four enrollment levels:

    • Full-time (12 or more credits)
    • 3/4-time (9-11 credits)
    • 1/2-time (6-8 credits)
    • Less than 1/2-time (1-5 credits)

Example:If you have been awarded $1,000 in Federal Pell Grant for one term. You will receive the following amount based on your enrollment:

    • Full-time = $1,000
    • 3/4-time = $750
    • 1/2-time = $500
    • Less than 1/2-time = $250

CENSUS DATE

If you are awarded a Federal Pell Grant, your Federal Pell Grant will be adjusted to reflect your actual enrollment on the ”Last Day to Adjust Class Schedule for Financial Assistance Purposes” found on the Student Timetable (www.uvu.edu/schedule). This is known as the Census Date. The eligible classes in which you are enrolled as of this date, will determine the amount of Federal Pell Grant you will receive. If you add a class after this date, you will not receive additional Pell Grant to help pay for the added class, even if your instructor, Academic Advisor, or others advised you to add the class. Be prepared to pay for the class on your own. 

If you add or drop a class before the Census date, your Federal Pell Grant disbursement will be adjusted appropriately (according to your enrollment), and you may owe a balance to the Utah Valley University Cashiers Office. Any time you adjust your class schedule, we recommend reviewing your account balance by logging in to  myUVU, go to Students, Paying For My Education, Tuition Payment PLUS. 

Visit the Dropping, Auditing or Withdrawing webpage for more information.

DISBURSEMENT

After you are awarded, and if you are eligible, your Federal Pell Grant will be sent electronically to the Bursar's Office no sooner than ten days prior to the first day of your enrolled classes. Your Federal Pell Grant will first pay your outstanding tuition and fees and, if authorized by you, any other institutional charges. After this balance is paid, and if there is any excess federal student aid, the Utah Valley University Bursar's Office will refund the monies to you either by check through the U.S. Postal Service to the local address listed in your myUVU student account (this is the default method), or through direct deposit (which you may set up in your myUVU student account). If mailed, please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to be processed.

The Utah Valley University Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and Bursar's Office process federal student aid disbursements and refunds every business day. This refund money may be used for educational purposes and to pay the cost of attending Utah Valley University.

Continued ELIGIBILITY

  • You must complete a new FAFSA and other application requirements each award year. For more information on the application process, visit our Need to Complete your FAFSA? webpage.
  • You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester. For information about Satisfactory Academic Progress, please view the Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.
  • You may not exceed your Pell Lifetime Eligibility. If you have received a Federal Pell Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters, you will no longer be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. To view how much Federal Pell Grant eligibility you have used, log into www.nslds.ed.gov with your FSA ID.

To Whom Your Federal Student Aid Information is SENT

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will send your Federal Pell Grant and Federal Loan information to the U.S. Department of Education. This information is then included in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and is accessible to you and authorized agencies, lenders, servicers, and institutions. You can view your complete Federal Loan and Pell Grant history in the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.ed.gov.

 

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