Test Preview: Federal Pell Grants and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

Content Areas

To earn this credential, you will need to be able to distinguish between these two Title IV grant programs. In addition to knowing the eligibility requirements and awarding parameters for each program, you will need to know the provisions common to both grant programs, as well as the program-specific requirements for each program. This will help you demonstrate the ability to accurately and appropriately award these funds to eligible students, thereby ensuring the equitable distribution of federal financial aid funding. 

The range of topics in this test include:

  • General Concepts the Federal Pell Grant and IASG Programs
  • Selecting the Appropriate Formula: Term-Based Programs
  • Selecting the Appropriate Formula: Nonterm Programs
  • Additional Considerations

Tests may include questions pertaining to a variety of program structures, such as credit- or clock-hour, term or nonterm, standard or nonstandard term, undergraduate or graduate/professional programs, and programs of various length (shorter than one year, two-year, four-year, certificate, etc.).

Sample Test Questions

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1. For Federal Pell Grant and IASG purposes, a payment period beginning before July 1 and ending on or after July 1 of the same calendar year is a

    • module.
    • mini-session.
    • nonstandard term.
    • crossover payment period.

2. Which one of the following factors directly affects the calculation of an IASG award?

    • Expected family contribution
    • Cost of attendance
    • Enrollment status
    • Anticipated graduation date

3. Which one of the following types of programs must use Pell Formula 3?

    • Clock-hour programs
    • Nonterm credit-hour programs
    • Nonstandard term programs
    • Standard term programs

4. For term-based credit-hour programs, the school must recalculate Federal Pell Grant and IASG awards under each of the following circumstances, EXCEPT when

    • the student’s expected family contribution changes as a result of verification, updates, corrections, or professional judgment adjustments to applicant data.
    • the cost of attendance changes, but enrollment status does not change.
    • actual or projected enrollment changes between terms in the same award year.
    • projected enrollment status changes during the payment period, and before the student begins attendance in all classes.

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