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Federal Aid

Apply for a Federal Grant

There are currently two grants funded by the Federal government for college funding. If you receive grant money, Davenport will apply the funds to your student account against tuition, fees and book charges. Grants do not have to be repaid.  

Davenport's School Code is:  002249

Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA website has step-by-step instructions to get a PIN and complete the forms. Questions? We can help. Visit your campus Financial Aid office.

Eligibility

Eligibility is determined using a standard formula to produce an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. This number, and whether or not you are eligible for a grant, will appear on your Student Aid Report (SAR).  More details about all of these programs is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov 

Pell Grant

This grant is awarded only to students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. For the 2013-2014 aid year, Pell awards range from about $574 to $5,645, based on Federal appropriations.  Amounts received depend on several factors, including:

  • EFC number
  • full-time or part-time status
  • length of time attended during the academic year

For part-time students who are eligible and receive reduced Pell Grant amounts, Davenport will disburse funds according to enrollment status. The Pell Grant is limited to a lifetime use of 600% (12 full-time semesters)-for more information about this please see the section at the bottom of this page, Lifetime Limit for Pell Grant.

 
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

This grant is awarded only to students with exceptional financial need who have not earned a bachelor's degree. 

  • FSEOG is awarded to those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Amounts range from $100 to $800 for each school year. Individual award amounts are based on the student's EFC and overall need.
  • Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. While the Department of Education guarantees that participating schools will receive funds to pay the Federal Pell Grants for its eligible students, there is no guarantee every eligible student will receive a FSEOG. Students are paid based on funds available.
  • Davenport has limited funds, and students are awarded based on file completion date of the FAFSA.

 

Lifetime Limit for Pell Grant

Have some questions about the changes in Pell lifetime eligibility? We will try and answer all your questions. 

What is the change in the Pell Grant? Effective Fall 2012 semester students that have received 600% (12 semesters) or more of Pell Grant are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant.

How do I know the amount I have used? By logging into NSLDS.ed.gov, you can view the total Pell Grant amount you have received from any institution of higher education you attended and at which you received Pell Grant. Currently, NSLDS does not have your Pell Grant usage calculated in a percentage for your viewing.

If I can’t see my % used online, how can I know how much I have used? Here is a chart to help with understanding how the percentages are calculated so you can estimate how much you have used.

Enrollment per semester

% Used in Fall

% Used in Winter

Lifetime % Used for the Academic Year

Full-time

50%

50%

100%

 

 

 

 

9 Credit hours

37.5%

37.5%

75%

 

 

 

 

Half-time

25%

25%

50%

Will I ever be able to find out what my actual percentage used is? Our Financial Aid Counselors will help you determine your current percentage used.

Why would the government make this change? To save money and increase accountability of federal funds. The change in the Pell Grant lifetime limit from 900% to 600% will help reduce the federal deficit.

But my EFC is in Pell awarding range-Even though you may have a Pell eligible EFC, if you have used your 600% (12 semester) lifetime limit of Pell Grant, you are no longer eligible.

But I have been out of school for years….. The federal Pell Grant program began over 30 years ago and since this change limits the use of Pell during a student’s lifetime, all awards in your history of receiving the Pell Grant are included when determining your percentage used.

 Alternative funding options: If you have reached your lifetime Pell eligibility some of options of other funding are Davenport Scholarships, Foundation Scholarships, Outside Scholarships and Work-Study opportunities. You also may have loan eligibility that can help you substitute the Pell Grant, see our page on Loans for more information.

How can I make sure I finish my degree before I use my lifetime Pell eligibility? Advisors and Financial Aid Counselors are available to assist you in planning out the remainder of your degree using financial aid.

Who can I talk to about this?  Financial Aid Counselors are ready and want to talk with you about your Pell Grant lifetime percentage used. If you have exceeded or will be exceeding the lifetime limit soon, we want to help you plan out the rest of your education at Davenport. Please click here for contact information for our Financial Aid Counselors.