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
Your enrollment status is locked as of September 4th, therefore
after this date, you may not be
eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funds.
Enrollment Status Definitions:
Full-time enrollment – 12 credits per semester
Three-quarter time – 9-11
Half-time – 6 credits
Less than half-time– 1-5 credits