The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduates to promote access to post secondary education. For many WSU students, the Pell Grant is the cornerstone of their financial aid award. In the interest of transparency, here are the Pell Grant tables used for the awarding process in:
Pell Grant is available to you if you’re pursuing your first undergraduate degree and if you’re not enrolled in a professional program. You will not be considered for this funding source if you hold a bachelor’s degree. The amount of Pell Grant you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be equivalent to 6 years (12 full-time semesters) of Pell Grant funding.
- 2016-2017 awards range from $590 to $5,815 per academic year depending on your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) calculated from your FAFSA.
- 2017-2018 awards range from $592 to $5,920 per academic year and $303 to $2960 during the summer depending on your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) calculated from your FAFSA.
The closer your EFC is to zero, the larger your possible award amount for Pell Grant will be.
To receive the maximum award, you must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester. If you are enrolling in 9 to 11 credits, you may receive up to 75% of your maximum award. If you are enrolling in 6 to 8 credits, you may receive up to 50% of your maximum award.
A minimum award may be made if you’re enrolled in less than 6 credits per semester.
PAYMENT DURING FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
Pell Grant is paid by the semester, one-half of the annual award for fall term and one-half for spring term. Pell Grant is credited to your myWSU account no sooner than the 1st day of the semester or as soon as the award is ready.
PAYMENT DURING SUMMER SEMESTER
Students can receive 150% of their scheduled Pell Grant award during each academic year. During the summer semester students with remaining yearly or lifetime eligibility have the option to use Pell Grant. Awarding during WSU’s summer session will be reserved for students in the following situations:
A. Students that used their entire Pell eligibility during the fall and spring will receive an additional Pell Grant award based on their enrollment. Students must maintain at least half-time enrollment during the summer.
B.Students that attended less than full-time during the fall or spring, or only attended 1 semester during the academic year.