The Pell Grant is part of the Federal Student Aid program... so when you apply for federal financial aid - which EVERY student should do - you are also applying for the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students (graduate students are not eligible) who have not earned an undergraduate degree or a professional degree. (So you can't already have a bachelor's degree and be working on a second one and you can't be working on a Master's or Doctorate degree). Again - ALL students should apply for federal financial aid to see what kind of aid or grants they may be eligible for. You don't have to accept any money - but all students should see what they might be eligible for. All students <span style="color: rgb(73, 75, 76);">should start by submitting a </span>Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA<sup>®</sup>) form<span style="color: rgb(73, 75, 76);">. You will have to </span>fill out the FAFSA form<span style="color: rgb(73, 75, 76);"> every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid. Also, </span><span style="color: rgb(73, 75, 76); background-color: rgb(252, 247, 238);">note that </span>you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters<span style="color: rgb(73, 75, 76); background-color: rgb(252, 247, 238);"> or the equivalent (roughly six years). </span>Grants are a wonderful way to help pay for college as you don't have to pay a grant back (unlike a "loan"). Best of luck!
Debra recommends the following next steps:
- Read and apply for federal financial aid: https://fafsa.ed.gov/