Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant does not have to be paid back. When you file the FAFSA you are automatically considered for Grants based on your household income. Pell awards range from $200 to $5,550 for the academic year.

Being Awarded a Pell Grant

Every student that is Pell eligible is awarded 100% of their grant for two (2) semesters; for instance fall and spring. For example, if you attend full time for 2 terms, you will have used 100% of the grant. If you want to attend summer you can choose to not use 100% of your Pell for fall and spring, then there will be a certain percentage left over for summer.

You can receive a Pell Grant for 12 full-time semesters - which is equivalent to six (6) years. Your time frame may have already begun if you have ever been a Pell Grant recipient. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%; the six-year equivalent is 600%. Therefore, once you have reached 600%, you will never be eligible for Pell no matter what school you attend. Be sure to take classes that apply to your program of study!

Students must also ensure they complete a certain amount of classes they take and maintain a minimum Grade Point Average to continue to receive a Pell Grant.

Additional Grants

We offer multiple grants for students who meet the below criteria.

Grant for Students with Exceptional Financial Need:

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (FSEOG)

This grant ranges from $100 up to $4,400 per academic year at PPCC and is available to students with exceptional financial need who are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours to be awarded this grant. Students who complete the FAFSA and have a complete financial aid file will be automatically considered for this grant. The key is to apply early! Students who have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible. Also, at PPCC, you must be eligible for Pell to receive the FSEOG, therefore students that have maxed out their eligibility of Pell with 600% or more used will not be eligible for FSEOG either.

Grant for Military Students

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

An otherwise-Pell eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, may receive increased amounts of Federal Student Aid if the student was less than 24 years old when the parent or guardian died, or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian's death. If students are Pell eligible, they will receive full Pell. If they are not Pell eligible, the student will receive the IASG.

Grant for Students with Documented Need

Colorado Student Grant (CSG)

This grant is available to students who are Colorado residents, demonstrate financial need as indicated below, and are enrolled in six or more credit hours. Students who have received a bachelor's degree are not eligible. To ensure that state need-based dollars are directed to eligible Colorado resident students who have the least ability to pay for their education, CDHE policy defines three funding levels. Using Expected Family Contribution, the institution will award need-based dollars to Level 1 applicants. Level 2 applicants will be considered after meeting the need of Level 1 applicants. Reasonable administrative practices, such as application deadlines, are recognized as realistic and appropriate.

  • Level 1 - Students with the Least Ability to Pay
    Students with an Expected Family Contribution EFC between zero and 150% of that required for a Pell Grant. The minimum undergraduate award (Fall - Spring) for this category of students is $850 or the maximum amount of unmet need, whichever is less. The maximum award is $5,000.
  • Level 2 - Students with Documented Need and Moderate Ability to Pay
    Students with an EFC between zero and 150%, and 200% of that required for the minimum Pell grant award. Maximum award (Fall - Spring) for this category of students is $2,500 or the maximum amount of unmet need, whichever is less.
  • Level 3 - Students with Documented Need and Average Ability to Pay
    All other students who demonstrate a financial need, as calculated by the federal methodology, may be awarded a maximum of $500.

Pell Grant Requirements

  • File the FAFSA every year you are enrolled for classes.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Be enrolled for at least one credit hour at PPCC.
  • Declare a major or degree that is eligible for FAFSA, almost all degrees at PPCC are eligible.
  • not already have a bachelors degree.

Other Grants:

Review the below criteria and see if you qualify for additional grants base on:

  • Exceptional financial need.
  • Military Students
  • Documented needs such as a disability