​Federal Pell Grant (FPELL)


​What is the Pell Grant?

​The Pell Grant program is the largest federal grant program for undergraduate college students. Awards are based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status at the time of census each semester Check your estimated EFC. 

Apply for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the FAFSA at: www.fafsa.gov
    • The 2019-20 FAFSA covers Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
    • The 2020-21 FAFSA covers Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021

Summer Pell Grant: To receive Pell Grant in the Summer semester, you must submit the FAFSA for the next academic year. Starting with the 2020-21 Shasta College Financial Aid will only award Pell Grant as a Header within the academic award year. For Pell Grant during the Summer of 2020, students must submit their 2020-21 FAFSA to be considered for Summer Pell Grant.

​Maximum Pell Grant Award Amounts:

2019-20: Maximum Pell Grant: $6195
  • Based on a zero expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Based on Full Time Enrollment

2018-19: Maximum Pell Grant $6095

  • Based on a zero expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Based on Full Time Enrollment

 Federal Pell Grant Eligibility 

Eligibility amounts for Pell Grant are based off of active enrollment at the time of census date each semester. The enrollment status's are as follows:

    • Full Time= 12+ Academic Units (100% Pell Grant Awarded Per Semester)
    • Three Quarter Time= 9-11.5 Academic Units (75% Pell Grant Awarded Per Semester)
    • Half Time=6-8.5 Academic Units (50% Pell Grant Awarded Per Semester)
    • Less than Half Time= 0.5-5.5 Academic Units (25% Pell Grant Awarded Per Semester)
    • Eligibility for the Pell Grant is based on information submitted on the FAFSA.  
    • This is a need based grant and is assessed based off of the income and household information submitted on the FAFSA.
    • All students must be a high school graduate or have received the equivalent to a high school diploma.
    • As of July 1, 2012, students are unable to received Pell Grant for more than 12 semesters, or roughly 6 years. It is important to be aware of this if you are planning on pursuing a Bachelor's degree. View more on Lifetime eligibility of pell grant at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell/calculate-eligibility
    • If you have received pell grant disbursements and withdrawal from all of your courses, you may be subject to repay some of those funds due to the Return to Title IV regulations. See more at: www.shastacollege.edu/fa_r2t4
    • For more information pell grant, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell

​I have been awarded a Pell Grant, how do I receive my payment?

  • Pell Grant is disbursed in four disbursements at 25% per disbursement of your total semester award eligibility. The amount disbursed is dependent upon active enrollment status at the time of the disbursement. Enrollment status is locked in at census date each semester.  If your enrollment status changes after census date, you will continue to receive the same disbursement amount based on the enrollment status at the time of census. View census dates at: Admissions Important Dates
  • If you withdrawal 100% from your courses, you may owe pell grant back to the college. For more information visit our Payment Calculation & Information​ webpage.
  • If your financial aid is processed late and you miss a standard disbursement, your funds will be released at the next disbursement date and will include any missed disbursements. For more information visit our Disbursement Schedule webpage.​


If you have been funded in error or submitted your FAFSA with information that later was verified to be false, you will have to repay any funds received if you were deemed ineligible. Please contact our office right away if you have received an overpayment notice by calling 530-242-7650 or emailing financialaid@shastacollege.edu.