Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant 

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree and who are not enrolled in graduate-level classes. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Education using a standard formula established by Congress and is based on the information you provide on the FAFSA. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The amount you receive depends on your EFC, the institution's cost of attendance and the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled, and whether you attend school for the full academic year. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Pell Census Date

Northern Arizona University uses a census date to determine Federal Pell Grant eligibility.  The Pell Grant Census date for fall 2014 is September 4th and refers to the point at which your enrollment hours are locked for Pell Grant purposes.

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on enrollment status. Your initial Pell Grant will be disbursed based on your actual enrollment status on its disbursement date, however, your final Pell Grant amount will be determined based on your actual enrollment status as of September 4th, 2014. Please be sure you are enrolled in your intended hours for the semester by September 4th.

If you drop credits after your initial Pell Grant disbursement, you may owe funds back to the university.  If you add credits on or before September 4th thus increasing your enrollment status, you may be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds (e.g. change from 3/4 to full-time).

Your enrollment status is locked as of September 4th, therefore after this date, you may not be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funds.

Undergraduate Enrollment Status Definitions:

Full-time enrollment – 12 credits per semester
Three-quarter time – 9-11 credits
Half-time – 6 credits
Less than half-time– 1-5 credits