Pop Quiz – Can This Student Receive Federal Pell Grant?

Question:

A school has a student who withdrew from all courses for the fall semester in November after the 60 percent point; however, the student’s ISIR was not received until December 21. Can the student receive the Federal Pell Grant, even though the student did not complete any credits?

Answer:

No. The following is from pages 3-23 of the 2018-19 FSA Handbook: "If you are paying a Pell or TEACH Grant for a completed term in which no disbursement has been made, the grant must be based on the hours completed by the student for that term. If the student had enrolled full-time at the beginning of the fall term, but dropped to half-time status by the end of the term, the retroactive disbursement must be based on half-time status. At a term school, all completed coursework counts towards enrollment status, including earned F’s and incompletes that have not converted to 'F' grades because the student failed to complete the coursework." Note that this requirement does not apply to any other Federal Student Aid program. Since the student did not earn any credits, the student would not be eligible for any late disbursement of the Federal Pell Grant.

 

Publication Date: 1/17/2019


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