FEDERAL PELL GRANT
This is a program that provides federal funds to students who meet certain income guidelines. Pell Grant eligibility is determined by information submitted on the FAFSA. Eligibility is generally based on household size and household income.
Federal Pell Grants are not available to anyone who has received a bachelor’s degree or owes a refund to the Federal Pell Grant, or any Title IV Aid Program or is in default of a Stafford Loan, SLS Loan, or PLUS loan. Grants do not require repayment.
Some certificate programs do not qualify for Federal Pell Grant funds. Please check with the Financial Aid Office to determine your program’s eligibility.
Students may receive Pell Grant for the equivalent of six years of full-time enrollment at any institution. A full-time Pell Grant award for one award year equals is considered 100%. A student’s lifetime eligibility is capped at 600%. This applies to all students who have ever received the federal Pell Grant.
Students do not have to be enrolled full-time to receive Pell Grant. Pell funds are awarded based on enrollment status. Students taking 12 or more credit hours are considered full-time and receive 100% of their term award; 9-11 credit hours is considered ¾ time and receive 75% of the term award; 6-8 credit hours is considered ½ time and receives 50%; and 5 or fewer credit hours is less than ½ time, and received 25% of the term award.
Pell Grant funds are awarded with the assumption that the student will attend and complete the entire term. If a student totally withdraws from school, federal regulations require that his/her Pell award for the withdrawal term be recalculated to determine the portion of the Pell award the student is entitled to. If the student has received Pell Grant funds in excess of this new award amount, he/she may owe a balance back to SWGTC. If the student has received a financial aid refund for the term or had charges in the bookstore against his/her financial aid awards, he/she will be notified of any amount to be repaid. Any student who owes a balance due to a financial aid over award will be ineligible for further financial aid assistance until he/she has repaid these funds.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant designed to assist those students who receive the Federal Pell Grant and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students do not need to request or apply for this grant separately. Limited funds are available each year. Funds are awarded according to financial need. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to receive SEOG payment.
Federal Work Study Program
Funds and positions are limited. Students may work no more than 20 hours per week in various departments on campus. All interested applicants may apply online through the SWGTC website Job Center. All FWS participants must submit to a criminal background check before employment.