How To Apply For A Pell Grant

How To Apply For A Pell Grant

How to Apply for a Pell Grant

Pell Grants are federally funded rewards given to low-income college students to help them go to college. The grants may be offered to students are need based. The first step in applying for a Pell Grant is to make sure that you qualify. You may or may not qualify depending on your current income. Check the FASFA website or meet with a Financial Aid Representatives at your college campus to find out if you qualify. Once you know that you qualify you can move on to getting ready to fill out the FASFA application. It is important for you to apply as early as you can because the money is available on a first come first serve basis. Be sure to mark the deadlines on your calendar so that you do not miss it.

In preparation to fill out the application you may want to download the web work sheet from the FASFA website. The web work sheet will help you to have all of the information handy when the time comes to enter it into the application. The next step is to gather all of the documents that you will need to fill out the application. You will likely need documents such as: tax returns, social security number, investment information and pay stubs. Once you have the appropriate information you can decide how you want to submit your FASFA.

You can either apply for Financial Aid the paperless way online or you can fill out a paper application. Applying for Federal aid is free. The FASFA website has information on how to apply and also has a printable application. If you use the online application you should also check your browser’s settings to be sure that it will work on your computer. Those computers running with Microsoft Windows 2000 and all earlier versions of Windows will work. If you want to apply for a Pell Grant online you should apply for a PIN number to use when filling out the application. Your PIN number will replace a signature that you would need on your application. You can get a PIN number by going to the FASFA website and filling out a short form. Once you have your PIN number and have collected any necessary documents you can begin filling out the FASFA online.

To begin filling out the application be sure that you have your PIN number, the necessary documents and the application you should sit down and fill out the application. Give yourself a little time away from distractions to finish the application. If you apply online you can save your application and come back to it for up to 45 days. Either mail your application or submit it online and then give yourself a pat on the back. You have now successfully applied for a Pell Grant. Now that you have filled out your FASFA and sent it off you can should wait for a Student Aid Report or SAR. You can check for a SAR within a week if you applied online and 2-3 weeks if you applied through the mail. Your Student Aid Report will list whether or not you were awarded a Pell Grant.