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Pell Grant Qualifications

by Sarah Palmer

We all know that going back to school can be expensive and that is why financial aid for college is so popular. It gives people access to an education that they would have otherwise not been able to afford.

The most common and popular form of financial assistance is the Pell grant. This grant is a federal grant and is specifically designed for people who come from low income families and therefore cannot afford a college education.

So what are the Pell grant qualifications?

In order to apply for the Pell grant, you will need to submit an application for the FAFSA. This is the core document required for applying for federal financial aid. The application process is tough but free, so make sure you never pay for it!

The main requirements when applying for financial aid for college is you have to have the following:

  • be a US citizen
  • have a social security number
  • have a high school diploma

You will also need proof of your income level. This is to determine that you are in fact from a low income family and ensures that the money is getting to the people who need it the most.

The deadlines for applying for the FAFSA vary from state to state. So, be sure to look it up so you don’t miss any important deadlines. You can apply online or by paper, so decide which works best for you.

Also, when applying for this financial aid, be sure to provide accurate information on your application form. All the information you provide will be checked and therefore if the people who is reviewing your application thinks you are lying, they will discard your application. Be sure to also provide proof of your income levels as well.

Once you apply, you will be issued with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution). This is a number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility

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