West Virginia Northern Community College

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Federal and State Grants

Federal Pell Grants (PELL)---A federal entitlement and program that is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Federal Department of Education.  Pell grants are available to undergraduates who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree.  The grant is based on financial need and the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled on the last day of the add/drop period.  The award amount listed on your award letter is always based on full-time enrollment. (All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA)  Pell grant award amounts can change yearly, but Pell Grant awards for the 2012-2013 award year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013) range from $569 to $5,550.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)---A federal aid program that is awarded to undergraduate students who show the greatest financial need, are registered at least half time, and are working on their first bachelor's degree. Priority is given to students who receive the Federal Pell Grant.  A student can receive between $100 and $1000 an academic year, depending on your financial need and the institution's funding level.

West Virginia Higher Educational Grant (STATE) ---A state aid program for West Virginia residents only. This grant is awarded to full-time students who show financial need and satisfactory academic performance. To be eligible for the State Grant students must complete a FAFSA by April 15th each year. 

Pennsylvania State Grant - A state aid program for Pennsylvania residents that is for partial tuition costs only. This grant is awarded to full-time and part-time students who show financial need and satisfactory academic performance. (Must complete FAFSA when applying for this grant.) May 1 deadline.

Higher Education Adult Part-Time Grant (HEAPS)---A state aid program that is for tuition (and some fee) costs only. This grant is awarded to adult students who show financial need and satisfactory academic performance and are enrolled for 3-11 hours. Eligible applicants must have lived in West Virginia continuously for a minimum of twelve months immediately preceding the application for the HEAPS Grant.   HEAPS awards are on a first-come first-serve basis since funds are limited (must complete FAFSA when applying for this grant.)

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