To qualify for Pell, you must submit a valid student aid report (SAR/ISIR electronically via FAFSA). The effective family contribution on the SAR/ISIR determines the award. Valid federal data must be received while the student is enrolled for the award year. Students may receive a Pell grant at only one school per financial aid term.
Regulations define an undergraduate as one who is enrolled in an undergraduate course of study and who has not earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, or a first professional degree. (By "professional degree," we mean degrees offered by professional programs, such as pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary programs, or chiropractic programs.) Occasionally, a student will complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree but will continue taking undergraduate courses without accepting the degree. The school must decide at what point it considers the student to have completed the bachelor's degree course of study, when the student completes the requirement for the degree, or when the student actually receives the degree. If the school considers the student to have completed the bachelor's degree course of study, the student is no longer eligible to receive a federal Pell grant or a FSEOG.
If the student receives a Pell grant at another college and then transfers to Empire State College during the same financial aid year (summer, fall and spring), the amount of the Pell grant that the student received at the other institution must be subtracted from the total annual maximum federal Pell grant for which the student qualifies. In order to ensure that students do not owe a refund of federal Pell grant funds and/or college tuition and fees, students who attend another institution during the same financial-aid year and then transfer to Empire State College must contact the financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org before they accept any refunds of federal funds.
A Pell eligible student attending full time may only receive Pell for two full-time terms in a given academic year, in order to not exceed the annual maximum federal Pell grant award.
Students may only receive up to 12 terms of full-time Pell, or the equivalent. The Department of Education tracks the number of terms a student has used Pell. Once a student has reached that limit, he or she is no longer eligible for Pell at any institution. An award may be reduced if the student is nearing that limit, or cancelled if a student has reached that limit.
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Fax: 518-581-2782Mailing Address: Empire State CollegeFinancial Aid111 West Ave.Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Questions? Contact the Student Information Center at 518-587-2100 or 800-847-3000.
Code: 010286Name: SUC Empire State College
Undergraduate: 0913Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)
Students planning to attend 2016-2017 should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2016-2017. Students wishing to get an early jump on applying for financial aid for 2017-2018 (enrollments beginning on or after May 15, 2017) can do so by submitting the 2017-2018 FAFSA.