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Description

The Federal Pell Grant is a form of gift aid and does not have to be repaid as long as the student was and remains eligible for the grant. Eligibility for this award is determined by the information you provide on your FAFSA and your enrollment status. These grants are provided for qualified undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.  Read more about Pell Grants here.

Process

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

Amounts

2024-25 Award Year

For Summer 2024: Students who do not enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters usually have some remaining Pell Grant eligibility for the summer. Otherwise Pell eligible students who received 100 percent of their Pell Grant Scheduled Award over the previous fall and spring semesters and who enroll at least half time in the summer will be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds if permitted by their EFC. UGA treats the summer term as a trailer term for federal aid purposes so students will have their Federal Pell Grant eligibility for summer 2024 determined by their 2023-24 FAFSA information.

Important Note about Summer Federal Pell Grants: Students who receive Pell funding for Summer 2024 and who withdraw from any course(s), whether officially or unofficially, prior to July 10 will be required to repay those funds.

Beginning Summer 2025: Otherwise Pell eligible students will be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds for summer semester if permitted by their SAI. UGA treats the summer term as a trailer term for federal aid purposes so students will have their Federal Pell Grant eligibility for summer 2025 determined by their 2023-24 FAFSA information.

2023-24 Award Year

Eligibility

Students must:

  • meet all the Basic Student Eligibility criteria, and
  • be enrolled in either a baccalaureate, or a professional degree program (with fewer than 72 earned hours), and
  • cannot have previously earned a baccalaureate or professional degree, or have completed all the UGA requirements for either type of degree.

Concurrent Enrollment at Two Colleges:

  • Federal law does not permit a student to receive a Federal Pell Grant from more than one school for the same period of enrollment.
  • The U.S. Department of Education notifies the schools when this occurs and the student will be required to return the Federal Pell Grant funds to either UGA or the other school.

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU):

Award Year Consideration Deadline:

Changes to Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants and Children of Fallen Heroes Award Eligibility

The FAFSA Simplification Act changes eligibility for what were formerly called Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG) and Children of Fallen Heroes (CFH) Awards as well as the resulting award amount. Beginning with the 2024-25 award year, students who meet the eligibility requirements for Pell Grants under the Special Rule in HEA Section 401(c) will receive Max Pell, regardless of their calculated SAI. To receive a Pell Grant based on eligibility under the Special Rule, a student must be–

  • The child of a parent or guardian who died in the line of duty while (a) serving on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001; or (b) actively serving as and performing the duties of a public safety officer; and
  • Less than 33 years old as of the January 1 prior to the award year for which the applicant is applying (e.g., for the 2024-25 award year, a student must be less than 33 years old as of January 1, 2024, to be eligible).

 

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