Types of Aid
Scholarships and Grants
The Pell Grant is a federal funded grant for undergraduate students with financial need. This grant does not have to be repaid unless the student withdraws completely from classes and may owe a refund.
Maximum Annual Award Amounts for a Zero Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) student:
The annual Pell amount for Non-Zero EFC students is prorated based on the College’s annual cost of attendance and the student’s EFC that is calculated by the Department of Education based on the information reported on the FAFSA. Award amounts will also be adjusted based on the actual number of hours in which the student is enrolled per term.
Information you need to know:
- The student must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- The student must be enrolled in a Title IV (federal) eligible program
- The student must not have a Bachelor's Degree.
- The student cannot be a current high school student.
- A student can only receive Pell at one school during a given time period. If you are planning to attend more than one school, you need to decide which school you want to receive your Pell award at and communicate that with that school. Failure to do so may result in you having to pay that money back.
- For students receiving the Pell Grant for the first time on or after July 1, 2008 the Pell Grant will end after the student has received Pell Grant payments for 18 semesters.
- The Pell Grant is prorated based on the student's EFC and number of hours the student is enrolled; a student does not have to be fulltime.
- CGTC students taking transient course(s) at another institution will not be eligible to receive Pell for the transient course(s).
- Students must not be in default or owe an overpayment on any Title IV grant (Pell) or loan.
- Complete withdrawal affects a student's eligibility. Per Federal Pell Grant regulations, the student can only receive the amount of Pell funds of which they earn during enrollment for a term. In the event the student withdraws before the 60% enrollment point for a term, the student will be required to pay back any unearned portion of the Pell Grant they have received. This will include funds used for tuition and fees, book purchases and any refund the student has received. The unearned funds are returned to the Department of Education as required by federal Return to Title IV regulations.