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 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 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.
Pell Grant is paid by the semester, one-half of the annual award for fall term and one-half for spring term. If you attend less than full-time both semesters or only attend 1 term, you may have Pell eligibility that may be used during WSU’s summer sessions. 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.
Grants and waivers in a nutshell
Grants and waivers are awarded to undergraduate students based on a determination of financial need.
- Grants do not need to be repaid. Funds can come from WSU, the State of Washington, or the federal government.
- Waivers are discounts applied directly to your tuition. Your total amount of waivers and tuition-specific aid cannot exceed the amount you have been charged for tuition.
Upon being admitted to WSU and successfully completing your FAFSA (or the WASFA, for undocumented students), you will automatically be considered for the grants and waivers administered by our office.
If you’re a Post Baccalaureate student, you will not qualify for need based grants, waivers, or work-study. However, you do have aid options available to you.
Graduate & professional students
If you’re a graduate or professional student, you will not qualify for need based grants & waivers. However, your options are: assistantships, scholarships, work-study & loans.