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Eligibility for Pell Grants for the Summer College Semester

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Do you know you could win up to 200% of your awards in a single year? No this is not a trick, it’s as simple as enrolling for the summer college semester and taking a minimum number of required courses to apply. If you will attend college during the summer break, you can apply for a 2nd Pell grant in the same academic year. By taking summer courses, you are taking a faster step towards your career and you will be done with school in lesser time than those students taking the summer off. As a general rule of thumb, to apply during summer, you must be taking at least 6 credit hours.

Summer Federal Eligibility Rules

* You must have already completed your first year of College (Fall & Spring semesters). Graduating high school seniors are not eligible to apply for Summe

* You must have passed at least 24 credit hours between the fall & spring semesters of that year before you are eligible to apply for the summer semester.

* You must have filed an application or Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the year you are to receive the award.

* Some credit hours you take in the summer must be ones which you can apply to your next academic year.

If a student wins for a particular semester and for the reasons below is not able to complete the required credit hours, the US Department of Education will pardon him. The reasons are:

* Provable illness * Required courses not offered in that semester

Benefits of Summer Federal Awards

* Students who win a Pell Grant for the Fall semester and apply for the Summer semester & meet all requirements will have their Pell Grant funds automatically disbursed by their college.

* If a student’s application form for the next year has a higher Expected Family Contributions (EFC) number or that the Pell grant award was increased in the next year & the summer pell grant award was assigned to the lesser paying year, your college must increase the Pell grant award payment & rebate you the difference.

* College transfer students are eligible for Summer Pell grants too, even if their first award was used at a different college or university. Qualifying credits will be based on the amount of the award given at the first school. As an example, if a student completes his Diploma at University A in Spring 2011 and attends University B in Summer 2011, then his Summer Pell grant award will be distributed by University B. Normally you would have to tell the financial awards office of University A to distribute the funds to University B. Remember, your award is portable and it belongs to you, not your university or college.

* If there is a portion of your first award that has not been paid out and you are eligible to receive a 2nd award for the summer, then these funds will be paid out together.

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Learn to get free Pell grants from the US Department of Education including Pell grant application & eligibility criteria. The maximum limit for 2011 school year is ,500 and applications are free.

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