​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 current enrollment status.
Check your estimated EFC. 

Apply for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the FAFSA at: www.fafsa.gov
    • The 2019-20 FAFSA covers Summer 19, Fall 2019. Spring 2020 & Summer 2020
    • The 2018-19 FAFSA covers Summer 18, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 & Summer 2019

​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 status per semester. The enrollment status's are as follows:

    • Full Time= 12+ Academic Units
    • Three Quarter Time= 9-11.5 Academic Units
    • Half Time=6-8.5 Academic Units
    • Less than Half Time= 0.5-5.5 Academic Units
    • 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. 
    • 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. If your enrollment status changes throughout the semester, your total Pell Grant eligibility for the semester may be adjusted and future disbursements could be affected or cancelled. 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.