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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is considered the foundation of a student’s financial aid to which aid from other Federal and non-Federal sources may be added. The actual size of a grant award will depend upon the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. Pell Grant does not have to be repaid except in cases involving a student’s complete withdrawal. To apply, students must complete the FAFSA at StudentAid.gov

There is a lifetime limit on Pell Grant funds a student may receive. Students may receive Pell Grant funds for up to 12 full-time semesters (600%). Once a student has reached the lifetime limit of 600%, they are no longer eligible to recieve Pell Grant.

Once a student has a Bachelor’s degree, they are no longer eligible to receive Pell Grant funds.

Students should register for classes that lead to the completion of their designated major. Pell Grant will not pay for classes taken outside of the student’s major on file at the time the student registers. 

The Federal Pell Grant award is prorated when a student is enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in a semester (less than full-time). Depending on their EFC, students attending less than full-time may not be eligible to receive a Pell Grant award.

Students must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress. For information visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

Students not maintaining satisfactory academic progress may complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form.

Enrollment Status Number of Credit Hours Pell Eligibility
Full-time 12 credit hours or more 100%
Three-quarter time 9-11 credits 75%
Half-time 6-8 hours 50%
Part-time 5 credit hours or less 25%

Year-Round Pell

An eligible student may receive full Federal Pell Grant for summer semesters even if they receive a full Federal Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters. Year-Round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise.

Note: The provisions of the law state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used. To be eligible for the additional summer Pell Grant funding:

  • Students must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds.
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours).
  • Students must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Students not maintaining satisfactory academic progress may complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form.

Bevill State encourages Direct Deposit (eRefunds) for all students to receive their Financial Aid and Tuition refunds. eRefunds eliminate the chance of a check getting lost, misdirected, delayed during delivery, or misplaced once it is received. Refunds will be available must quicker as they are not mailed and deposit directly into the student’s bank account eliminating the need to physically visit a bank to make a deposit. There are no fees from Bevill State for using eRefunds. Students that do not select to participate in eRefunds will be required to pick up refund checks in the business office on the Jasper Campus.

BSCC eRefund Instructions

Financial Aid TV Portal Link