The Federal Pell Grant is considered gift-aid that does not have to be repaid. The Pell Grant award is based upon the student’s EFC and enrollment status. The Pell Grant award is based solely on financial need. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid unless, a student is awarded funds incorrectly or the student withdraws from school. The amount the student receives depends on his/her financial need, cost of attendance and enrollment status. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students – (those who haven’t earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree). Amounts can change yearly.
In order to determine a student’s eligibility; the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), www.fafsa.ed.gov and list Baton Rouge College (026171) as a school. The school must receive a valid Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), generated by the FAFSA submission, while the student is enrolled and eligible. To be valid, the SAR/ISIR must contain the following:
A Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC);
All information used in the calculation of the EFC complete and accurate at the time the application was signed.
Accurate information, subject to updating, at the time the SAR/ISIR (not selected for verification) is submitted to Baton Rouge College, and
Accurate information as of the time of verification; at the time the SAR/ISIR (selected for verification) is submitted to Baton Rouge College.
Baton Rouge College recommends only completing the FAFSA once you, your spouse, and/or parents have completed your tax return. Estimated tax returns CANNOT be used to determine aid and will only delay the processing of your financial aid.
For the 2011-2012 award year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012), the maximum Pell award is $5,550. The maximum amount can change each award year and depends on program funding. The amount you receive, however, will depend not only on your financial need, but also, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.