Federal Pell Grant

Federal PELL Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree and have not exceeded the maximum time permitted (150%) to complete the first bachelor’s degree. The institutions at Ana G Mendez University Systems (AGMUS), measure the maximum time permitted according to the program’s duration based on credits.

The Federal Department of Education utilizes a standard formula, established by Congress, to determine students’ eligibility and evaluates the information sent on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) This formula produces the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) The EFC can be found on the right hand side of the first page of the Student Aid Report (SAR) This number will identify the amount from PELL grant that a student can receive according to academic load and Cost of Attendance (COA)

A student may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time. Amounts can change yearly, the amount you get will depend on: Estimated family Contribution (EFC), your financial need, cost of attendance, status as a full-time or part-time student, or if you attended another institution during the same academic year.

  • The Institutions of Ana G. Mendez University Systems (AGMUS), will credit the payment received from PELL grant to the students’ account and will send a check or direct deposit any refunds, if applicable.
  • A student can receive payment even if he/she has a less than ½ time academic load. The payment will be less than a full-time student.
  • A student can receive a retroactive payment from PELL grant for any completed term during the same academic year.
  • A retroactive payment will be process for credits completed; not for dropped or non-present courses.
  • PELL grant has to be renewed yearly, the application is available for all students depending on their academic load. Any registered credits that does not belong to the students’ program are not eligible for payment.

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

A new regulation effective July 1st, 2012 known as Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) limits the receipt of Pell Grant to a lifetime of up to 6 full time years of studies equals to 600%. Students with a LEU of 600% or more, are ineligible to receive Pell Grant. The student will receive information about his/her LEU after the FAFSA is completed. Access student aid

Courses Re-taken

A student can receive federal or state funds for re-taken courses, even if it was already approved, but one time only. Any re-taken course that does not comply with the information already mentioned, will not be considered as part of the students’ academic load; resulting in a financial aid adjustment.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

To get an FSEOG, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who will receive Federal Pell Grants and have the most financial need (EFC-0) will receive FSEOGs first. The FSEOG does not need to be repaid.

The FSEOG program is administered directly by the financial aid office and is therefore called “campus-based” aid.

You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and policies from the financial aid office.

In other words, FSEOG funds are first come, first served. This system works differently from the Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides funds to every eligible student.

So, make sure you apply for federal student aid as early as you can.

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

Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan. The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching in a public or private elementary or secondary school that offered services to low income families (Title 1 Schools).

If you have any questions or concerns about TEACH, contact the Financial Aid Office of your institution.

Conditions:

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

  • In a high-need field at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families. (Read further to find out more information related).
  • For at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf)

Requirements to Participate:

  • To receive a TEACH Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) even though is not necessary to demonstrate financial need.
  • You are not in Default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25..
  • Receive TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
  • Take or plan to take the necessary courses to become a teacher. Some of them may include specific courses (as an example math courses for students that want to become math teachers).

A TEACH-Grant-eligible program is a program of study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and that leads to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or is a post baccalaureate program. A two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree is considered a program that leads to a bachelor’s degree. A post baccalaureate program is not TEACH-Grant-eligible if it is offered by a school that also offers a bachelor’s degree in education.

Schools that participate in the TEACH Grant Program determine which of the programs they offer are TEACH-Grant-eligible. A program that is TEACH-Grant-eligible at one school might not be TEACH-Grant-eligible at another school. Contact the financial aid office to find out which programs at that school are eligible.

To qualify you need to be classified in one of the following fields of study:

UMET UNE UT
4018 1302 Bilingual Education 4021 Secondary Education Math
4022 4010 Curriculum & Instruction English 4022 Mildly Impaired Children
4051 4013 Earth Science 4028 Secondary Education Sciences
4017 Elementary Education English 4040 Bilingual Education
Note: These are not part of the Curriculum of the U.S.A. Campuses 4018 Secondary Education English 4051 Special Education
Note: These are not part of the Curriculum of the U.S.A. Campuses 4051 Special Education 4052 Teach English Second language
4052 Teach English Second language 4071 Special Education K-12

High Need Fields

High-need fields are:

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition.
  • Foreign language (Not English).
  • Mathematics.
  • Reading specialist.
  • Science.
  • Special Education.
  • Any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and that is included in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide List).

If you plan to teach in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide List, that field must be listed for the town where you teach either at the time you begin your qualifying teaching service or at the time you received a TEACH Grant.

IMPORTANT: Due to sequestration, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, must be reduced by 6.8 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. Any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, must be reduced by 6.9 percent. For example:

  • For any 2016–17 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.8 percent ($272), resulting in a maximum award of $3,728.
  • For any 2016–17 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.9 percent ($276), resulting in a maximum award of $3,724.

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Every year a TEACH grant recipient has to renew the Agreement to Serve (ATS), you can find it at www.studentloans.gov The ATS contains all the conditions, requirements, and policies regarding this program; including the commitment to repay the grant as an unsubsidized loan if you do not comply with it.

Title I Schools (Low Income Schools)

To find Title I Schools (Low Income Schools) in your area visit www.tcli.ed.gov. For additional or specific information visit the website or contact your Financial Aid Officer.

Federal Work-Study Jobs

Help students earn money to pay for college or career school. Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

Here’s a quick overview of Federal Work-Study:

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It’s available to full-time or part-time students.
  • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program. Check with your school's financial aid office to find out if your school participates.
  • You’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage, paid once a month.
  • Community Service (CWSCS) is part of the Work-Study Program, CWSCS allow students to help other students in or outside the institution. They can provide services as: tutors, note takers, and readers among other duties. The areas covered by these services are: Learning Zone, Reasonable accommodation – Quality of life, Head Start, Sports – Summer Camp, and Technology and Science

Eligibility is regulated by the Federal Department of Education, as an example:

Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • An undergraduate student needs to have at least 6 credits or more registered per semester.
  • A graduate or doctoral student needs to have at least 3 credits or more registered per semester.
  • To have Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • If you are a male, need to be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

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