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Federal Pell Grants

The most need-based of the student aid programs, this program provides grant aid to low- and middle-income undergraduate students. Awards vary depending on the financial circumstances of students and their families. Pell grants do not have to be repaid, but students must meet satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible. Based on changes made to the Title IV student aid program in 2012, undergraduate students can only receive a Federal Pell Grant for up to 12 semesters (or its equivalent - 600%).

Summer Pell Grants

Pell grants are available for summer school for recent high school graduates. In addition, students who did not attend school in the fall and/or spring terms are also eligible for a summer Pell grant. If a student attends school in the fall and spring terms, the student must enroll in 6 credit hours to be eligible for Pell grant in the summer. Please contact the financial aid office for more details.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Participating schools award FSEOG to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need, based on the availability of funds. FSEOG awards for Bishop State Community College usually range from $300 – $600 per year. FSEOG does not have to be repaid, but students must meet satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible and must have a zero EFC.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

For students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. Students must be ineligible for a Pell Grant due to having less financial need than is required to receive Federal Pell Grant funds. Students receiving this grant must have been younger than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at a college or career school at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.