Up to $6,895 in free government assistance may be available. Find out how you can apply online.
Ready to apply for your Pell Grant today so that you can get the college degree you deserve? The application process is easy. All you have to do is follow these 3 steps:
- Go to the Federal Student Aid Portal online.
- Access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Complete the online form in minutes.
The FAFSA application is the only form you’ll need to fill out to apply for a Pell Grant. Then the government will review the information you provided to see if you meet the requirements and to determine your FAFSA Pell Grant amount.
You’ll find out exactly how much you qualify for in 3 to 5 days. So the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you may get up to $6,895 per year in education grants.
Applying online is faster but you can also submit your application by mail if you prefer it. You are looking at 3 or 4 days of processing if you apply online versus 7 to 10 days if you submit your application by mail.
The amount of money you will get as financial aid will depend on several factors such as your expected family’s contribution (EFC) and your cost of attendance (COA) for your school, and these factor into how much need-based and non-need-based financial support you can get.
Once you get the Pell Grant, you may see it in the form of a credit directly paid to your school or it will be sent to you as a check in the mail or by an electronic transfer. Sometimes, it’s a combination of both.
If your school gets the funds paid directly, they might be paid once or twice per school year, it depends on your institution’s schedule. Your school is required to let you know beforehand when and how the financial aid funds will be disbursed.
Also, if there is money left over after paying tuition, your school would give you the funds so that you can apply them to other college expenses.