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Federal Pell Grant
The U.S. Department of Education provides federal grants to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. Pell Grants are considered a form of "gift-aid" and do not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Eligibility is determined with information provided on the FAFSA and is a direct result of the students’ expected family contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. LDCC must receive a valid Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) which is generated and sent to us electronically if you listed Delta’s school code: 041301 on the FAFSA. Pell award amounts are determined annually by Congress and based on your anticipated enrollment that you indicated on your FAFSA. If you are not enrolled full-time your Pell award will be reduced.
The U.S. Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2017, allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the student’s Pell Grant Schedule Award (PGAS). This means, eligible Pell students may be able to receive a third disbursement of Pell Grant each academic year. Louisiana Delta Community College will implement "Year-Round Pell Grant" beginning in the Summer of 2018.
Here is an example of how Year-Round Pell Grant will work for the 2018-2019 academic year:
A student with a Zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is eligible for $6095 in Pell Grant for the year, or $3048 for the Summer 2018 semester and $3047 for Fall 2018 semester (based on full-time enrollment both semesters). Under the old rules, that student would not receive any Pell Grant if they enrolled full-time (12 Hours) for the Spring 2019 semester. Under the New Year-Round Pell Grant initiative, that student would receive an additional $3048 disbursement if they were to enroll full-time (12 credit hours) for Spring or up to a maximum of $9143 for the entire academic year. However, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the Spring 2019 semester to receive any additional Pell Grant.
|EFC - 0||EFC - 0||EFC - 0|
|$3048 (50%)||$3047 (50%)||$3048 (50%)|
|Full - time||Full - time||Full - time|
|12 or > credit hours||12 or > credit hours||12 or > credit hours|
NOTE: Students who enroll in less than 12 credit hours (full-time) will receive a lesser amount in their Pell Grant award. In addition, the student must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (half-time) in the semester in which they surpass receiving 100% of the Pell Grant Scheduled Award.
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 students will be able to receive up to three Pell disbursements in one academic year if they are enrolled in the correct number of hours.
Federal Supplemental Educational Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG is considered gift-aid that does not have to be repaid. Each year, unlike Pell Grants, the amount of FSEOG a student receives depends not only on his/her financial need but, also, on the amount of other aid the student receives and the availability of funds. Each school participating in FSEOG receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. Students who demonstrate exceptional need will be considered first for these funds. This is why it is important for students to apply early to be considered for these funds. Not everyone who qualifies for FSEOG will receive the grant. The amount of an individual’s award is based on the availability of funds and the student’s demonstrated financial need. The maximum award for the academic year is $500, with the usual award being $250 for the fall and spring semesters. The FSEOG award will be credited to the student’s account and will appear on the student’s LOLA account. If you completed a FAFSA, you have applied for the FSEOG grant. Funds are limited.
To be eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant a student must:
- Be a Louisiana resident
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Receive a Federal Pell Grant
- Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid (“gift aid”) from student’s Cost of Attendance (COA)
- Be enrolled as a regular student in a Pell eligible program on at least a halftime basis (minimum of 6 hours)
- Be meeting LDCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for receipt of Title IV aid; or be approved through the appeals process
Award amounts to eligible students are based on the institution’s allocation and their packaging policy.
Since LDCC is a “Header” school the financial aid Award Year starts in the summer. LDCC will package Go Grant awards in accordance with the following provisions. Students meeting all requirements and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will be awarded the same dollar amount - $1500 a year/$750 per semester – fall/spring.
- Priority will be given to students who are 25 or over.
- Students under the age of 25 with an EFC from 5846 to 0
- Transfer and re-entering students will be awarded on the same basis as continuing students.
- LDCC will award Go Grant funds until all allocated funds have been exhausted.
- Must file a FAFSA or the renewal FAFSA at least annually
- Continue to receive a Federal Pell grant
- Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid (“gift aid”) from student’s Cost of Attendance (COA).
- The award can be renewed for subsequent years to a maximum Lifetime award that correlates to that of the Federal Pell grant
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