Pell grant eligibility changes for 2011-2012 evolved through a recent vote in congress that would continue to reform the Pell grant program one again. This is the stripping away of a student’s ability to attain two awards for the school year 2011-2012.

But what are the Pell grant requirements for students to qualify?

  • The student must have a financial need
  • Have the ability to benefit from the program or training course.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress
  • Certify by signing a FAFSA that you will use any federal student aid funds awarded to you solely for educational purposes.

Your federal Pell grant application or a Pell Grant form is the same one required for all federal college financial aid including a federal student loan or a college loan. The FAFSA form is your first step in finding out if you qualify for a Pell Grant.

The maximum amount for Pell Grants has been increased as a result of the SAFRA legislation. It is now in the amount of $5,500 for the school year 2011-2012.

The good thing is that you can receive a grant as long as you continue to meet the Pell grant eligibility requirements. And take note that only one award can be granted per academic year.


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