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  • Grants
  • Federal Pell Grant

    Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be paid back. It is the Federal government's largest student aid program and is the starting point for most students seeking financial assistance. Pell awards range from $652 to $6095 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    A student must enroll in a minimum of one credit hour each term to receive a Federal Pell Grant at PCC.  Students who have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible.

    Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, an eligible student may now receive a full Pell Grant for summer 2018, even if they received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters. Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of an academic year so that they can continue to take classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. To be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds:

    • Student must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
    • Student must be enrolled at least half-time during the summer term (if they used 100% of their regular award and are wanting to get an additional award)
    • Student must maintain satisfactory academic progress
    • Using year-round Pell Grants will count towards your lifetime usage of Pell

    The duration of eligibility for the Pell grant was reduced from 18 full-time semesters to 12 full-time semesters - which is equivalent to six (6) years. There is no grandfathering of this new law, so your time-frame may have already begun if you have ever been a Pell Grant recipient. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%; the six-year equivalent is 600%. Therefore, once you have reached 600%, you will never be eligible for Pell no matter what school you attend. Be sure to take classes that apply to your program of study!


    Colorado Student Grant (CSG)

    This grant is available to students who are Colorado residents, demonstrate financial need (150% of Pell eligibility), and are enrolled in six or more credit hours. Students who have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible. 


    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (FSEOG)

    This grant is awarded in the amount of $600 per academic year at PCC and is available to students with exceptional financial need who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours to be awarded this grant. Students who complete the FAFSA and have a complete financial aid file will be automatically considered for this grant. The key is to apply early! Students who have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible. Also, at PCC, you must be eligible for Pell to receive the FSEOG, therefore students that have maxed out their eligibility of Pell with 600% or more used will not be eligible for FSEOG either.