4 Tips to Increase Your Eligibility for the Pell Grant

eligibility for pell grantAn additional one million students will be eligible for the Pell Grant this year, thanks to the federal government’s expansion of the program. While we know that there is no “one size fits all” Pell Grant recipient, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to make yourself a little bit more attractive to the formula that determines whether or not you receive one. The amount of your Pell Grant award is based on a number of factors, including your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the amount that the federal government determines your family can pay toward college costs, as well as the Cost of Attendance (COA) for your school of choice and whether you enroll in school full-time or part-time.

This week, we shared a press release that outlined four tips on increasing your eligibility to receive a Pell Grant award. Here’s a peek:

  1. Demonstrate a substantial financial need for aid to attend college be having as little money as possible on hand in your checking or savings accounts the day you file your FAFSA.
  2. File your tax return before completing your FAFSA, even if you have no income.
  3. If possible, opt to live on-campus.
  4. Avoid errors by completing the online version of the FAFSA.

To read the full release: EducationGrant.com Offers Tips on Increasing Eligibility for the Pell Grant

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