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Federal Grants

Ashland Community and Technical College offers three federal student aid grants. Unlike loans, grants do not typically have to be repaid,except under certain circumstances.

To apply for these grants and to determine your eligibility, complete a FAFSA by following our Steps to Apply for Federal Financial Aid.

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student financial aid and generally are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or graduate degree. Pell Grants are considered to be "need based" aid and award amounts may change yearly. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, you will receive the full amount you qualify for based on the number of hours you are enrolled. In addition, you can only receive a Pell Grant for up to 12 full time semesters. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible for Pell.

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to high need families who qualify as determined by the FAFSA.  Students are eligible for 6 years (or 12 semesters) of Pell.  This is referred to as 600% Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU).  Receiving Pell between the fall and spring semester as a full time student equals 100% of Pell.

Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150% of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise.  This additional 50% requires that you be at least half-time and this usage goes toward the 600% LEU.  See two examples below:

Example 1 This 0 EFC student is enrolled full-time fall, full-time spring, and half-time summer.

  • Fall 2017 (12 Credit Hours): 50% Pell ($2800)
  • Spring 2018 (12 Credit Hours): 50% Pell ($2800)
  • Summer 2018 (6 Credit Hours): 50% Pell ($2800, but since half-time you will receive half = $1400)

Example 2  This 0 EFC student is enrolled three-quarter time fall, full-time spring, and quarter-time summer.

  • Fall 2017 (9 Credit Hours): 37.50% Pell (0 EFC = $2100)
  • Spring 2018 (12 Credit Hours): 50% (0 EFC = $2800)
  • Summer 2018 (3 Credit Hours): 12.50% ($700 unused fall Pell)

In Example 1, if the student is in six credit hours in the summer, $1400 would be used and the total usage for the academic year would be 125%.  If in 12 credit hours, the amount would be $2800 and 150%.  In Example 2, the student could also use their YRP for summer if enrolled for at least six more hours in the summer (because six hours is the minimum enrollment for YRP). 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need-- those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards, however receiving a Pell Grant does not guarantee you will receive FSEOG. FSEOG funds are limited. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible for SEOG.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

If you are not eligible for a Pell Grant, but your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and passed away as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, you may be eligible for this grant. To receive the grant, you must be under 24 years old or enrolled in college, at least part time, at the time of your parent's or guardian's death. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible for this grant.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

ACTC does not participate in the TEACH grant program.