Western Kentucky University

Student Financial Assistance

FAQs About Pell Grant

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What is a Pell Grant?
A Pell Grant is gift aid that you do not have to repay. It is given to very needy students. The Pell Grant is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the number arrived at by processing the data you provide on the FAFSA.
Can all of my grant money be used for the fall semester, as I will be graduating in December?
Since you are graduating in December, you are only eligible for the fall portion of your awards.
I was awarded PELL grant and added a course after the drop/add deadline. Will my PELL grant increase?
If a student who has been awarded a PELL grant adds a class after the drop/add deadline, the PELL grant award will NOT increase due to late enrollment. The student will be awarded for the number of credits enrolled at the end of the drop/add period.
Why is the amount of my Pell Grant different from the amount listed on my award letter?
The federal government makes final Pell Grant awards based on your actual enrollment status and are contingent upon verification of any discrepancies in data you provide on your financial aid application. Also, the amount on your award letter is made assuming that you will enroll full time. In general, if you enroll half time, you receive half of the award; if you enroll three quarter time, you receive three quarters of the award; if you enroll full time, you receive the full award.
 Last Modified 7/22/13