Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/ to determine Pell Grant eligibility.
Eligibility for the Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the output of FAFSA. Your EFC and Pell eligibility are subject to change each year.
In order to receive the maximum amount of their Pell eligibility, a student must be enrolled full time (in at least 12 hours that counts towards their program of study).
Students who received 100% of their scheduled Pell award in both the Fall and Spring semesters may be eligible to receive additional Pell during the Summer semester.
Pell Grant recipients enrolled less than full-time Fall and/or Spring may still qualify for a summer Pell Grant–the amount of the award will be based on remaining Pell Grant eligibility.
Students may receive Pell Grant for a total of 12 semesters (or its equivalent). The duration of eligibility will include all semesters in which a student has previously received the Pell Grant award. For further information on calculating remaining Pell Grant Eligibility, click here .
For purposes of determining final award amounts and disbursement amounts, Georgia Southern University uses a recalculation date for each term. This date is always the day after the initial drop/add period of the term. Pell awards and disbursement eligibility are based on the enrollment of the student at that date.
Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to qualify. Satisfactory Academic Policy Criteria:
Students should earn (not including learning support classes) 67% of all cumulative attempted hours.
Students in a 4-year program who have attempted more than 150% of the published length of a degree program will have their aid terminated.
Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 minimum total institution GPA to remain in good standing for financial aid and academic purposes.
Students who are currently on SAP stipulations will be checked at the end of each semester.
Understanding Pell Recalculation
Pell recalculation is setting a date each term for which the enrollment status of the student will be locked for the term for purposes of determining Pell for the term. Georgia Southern establishes the Pell recalculation date as the day after the first drop/add period of each term.
Guidelines for Pell Recalculation
The enrollment status of the student is locked on the Pell recalculation date, not the specific classes.
A student may swap courses that haven’t started yet in the term in later modules as long as the student’s enrollment status stays the same as it was on the recalculation date.
A student who has attended a prior term and received Pell in the prior terms must be registered for the courses Pell will pay by the recalculation date of the subsequent terms.
If a student is enrolling for the first time for the award year in the later part of a term, the student’s enrollment status for Pell is the date the student first enrolls.
If a student has attended in prior terms but never received a Pell Grant for the award year (due to circumstances such as being selected for verification and not completing the verification until the middle of the term), if the student completes the verification and is then awarded a Pell Grant, the date the student is first awarded the Pell becomes the freeze date for the enrollment status for that student. The student would then have to be enrolled by the next terms recalculation date to receive Pell for the next term.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
FSEOG is a limited-fund, need-based grant, also based on the information provided on the FAFSA. FSEOG is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to students with exceptional financial need, in average amounts of $600 per school year. Recipients must be an undergraduate student who are Pell eligible and have not already earned a baccalaureate degree.
The Public Safety Memorial Grant is an award for children of Georgia law enforcement officers, firemen, and prison guards who have been permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. The grant covers the cost of attendance minus other aid, but may not exceed $18,000 per award year. Information on this grant may be received from the Georgia Student Finance Authority, 2082 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30084. (800) 505-4732.
The federal TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Program may be available to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students who have been accepted into the College of Education and have a 3.25 GPA or better. Please view the College of Education’s TEACH Grant Application for additional information on eligible programs of study.
Subject: IMPORTANT UPDATE: TEACH Grant: Further Changes to Sequestration Required Reductions
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG)
Funds are awarded to students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. To qualify, the student must be under the age of 24 or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent or guardian’s death. Students who qualify for the federal pell grant can not receive IASG. The award amount is equal to the amount of the maximum pell grant for the academic year, minus a federal sequestration-required reduction of 7.2 percent