While making your summer plans, you may be considering taking a summer class to move closer to your degree or certificate. If you’re eligible for the Pell Grant, paying for that class may just have gotten a bit easier.
Parkland College students may be able to receive a third disbursement of the award, based on a recent Department of Education announcement.
If you’ve already received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters, you may now qualify for “Year-round Pell” and so receive a full Pell Grant during the summer 2018 semester as well, the DOE reported.
Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this new regulation to earn their degree faster.
You should be aware, though, that any Pell Grant you receive over the summer will be included in determining your Pell Grant lifetime limit.
To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, you:
- must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
- must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the summer term
- must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress
You’re going to have to fill out a Summer Information Form, available on our forms web page, to get started. And remember, you should always speak to an academic advisor about the classes you should take.
If you were awarded Pell Grants for the 2017‐2018 academic year, contact the Financial Aid office at 217/351-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help with summer 2018 financial planning.
Registration for Parkland College Summer Session 2018 starts March 26, so don’t delay!
[Patricia Murbarger is an advisor with Financial Aid and Veteran Services.]