Additional Information About Your Pell Grant

Your Pell Grant Award (hereafter referred to as Pell award) has been calculated by the United States Department of Education after consideration of the educational costs at Coastal Carolina Community College and your available resources.

Your Pell award is for a specific academic year and is based on your registering as a full-time student (12 semester hours of credit or more).  If you register for less than 12 semester hours of credit, your Pell will be adjusted accordingly (see Pell Grant Award Agreement, 2nd paragraph).  Federal regulations require the College to adjust or modify the Pell awards for students enrolled in specified one-year certification or diploma programs that require clock-hour conversion.

Your yearly award is divided in half to determine your semester award for the Fall and Spring semesters. If you do not use your entire Pell award for the Fall and Spring, you may use the remaining balance towards your Summer semester. You will receive a letter from the Financial Aid Office that asks if you accept or decline your Pell award for the Summer.

For example: Your award for the academic year is $4,000. If you register for 12 hours or more, you will have $2,000 for the Fall semester and $2,000 for the Spring semester. If you register for 9-11 hours, you will have $1,500 for the Fall semester and $1,500 for the Spring semester; therefore, you should have $1,000 available for the Summer semester.

The Most Common Problems We See in the Financial Aid Office

The most common problems encountered within the Financial Aid Office arise from students not following directions or timelines.  Federal regulations require the College to establish operational guidelines and to set deadlines.  For the system to work properly, every Pell student must follow directions and comply with timelines.

Other common problems include:

  • Students registering for courses not in their curriculum.  Pell funds cannot be awarded for any course that is not part of an approved curriculum program.
  • Student registering for developmental courses in excess of 30 semester hours of credit.  A maximum of thirty (30) attempted hours of developmental courses may be used with Pell Grant funds.
  • Students registering for:  (1) Audited courses, (2) credit by examination courses and (3) courses for which transfer credits has already been granted.  Pell Grant award funds cannot be awarded for any of these conditions outlined above.

Grade Requirements

A grade of D or better is considered successful completion; therefore, your Pell award will only pay to re-take those courses one additional time.

A grade of F in any course is not a successful completion and your Pell award may be used to re-take that course until successful completion. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) must be maintained.

Pell Grant Adjustments

Your Pell award may be adjusted if you:

  • Fail to enroll for 12 hours or more credit hours
  • Withdraw from a course
  • Dropped by your instructor
  • Reported as a “never attend” by your instructor
  • Register for courses not in your curriculum (except required remedial courses)
  • Exceed 30 hours of remedial courses
  • Register for a course(s) in the second accelerated term (for example: 8-week courses)
  • Register for a course to audit course or credit by examination
  • Are in a one-year certification or diploma curriculum that requires a clock hour conversion

Losing Your Pell Grant Award

Federal regulations require that, for financial aid purposes, the College must establish and monitor standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in three areas: cumulative GPA (Qualitative Measurement), hours earned each term (67% Pace Measurement), and program completion time limits (150% Pace Measurement).  A student must maintain satisfactory progress in all three areas regardless of receipt of previous financial aid.

In order to maintain satisfactory progress, a student receiving financial aid must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 A student must maintain a GPA consistent with the established College policy. Any financial aid student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 at the end of a term will be placed on financial aid warning for the next term of atten­dance. Students attending under the status of financial aid warning will remain eligible for financial aid. Any student under financial aid warning who does not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement at the end of the term’s measurement of progress will become ineligible to receive financial aid. Any student deemed ineligible for financial aid (by the Financial Aid Office), will have the opportunity to appeal for extenuating circumstances. Students under financial aid warning status with an approved appeal will be placed on financial aid proba­tion. Students attending under the status of financial aid probation will remain eligible for financial aid. Any student under financial aid probation who does not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement at the end of the term’s measurement of progress will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of ineligibility for future financial aid until the academic deficiencies are resolved; and/or
  2. Complete 67% of the total credit hours attempted each term Financial aid students must complete at least 67% of all hours attempted each term. Successful completion includes grades of P, D, or higher and does not include grades of F, IP, R and/or W. If the financial aid student falls below the 67% completion rate, the student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of their first 67% violation and placed on financial aid warning for the next term of attendance. Students will remain eligible for financial aid while under financial aid warning and must complete at least 67% of all hours attempt­ed during the next term of enrollment. Students not completing 67% of the requirements of the term of enrollment will become ineligible to receive financial aid. Any student deemed ineligible for financial aid (by the Financial Aid Office), will have the opportunity to appeal for extenuating circumstances. Students under financial aid warning status with an approved appeal will be placed on financial aid proba­tion. Students attending under the status of financial aid probation will remain eligible for financial aid. Any student under financial aid probation who does not complete 67% of the requirements of the term of enrollment will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of inel­igibility for future financial aid until the curriculum completion defi­ciencies are resolved; and
  3. Complete program of study within 150% of the semester hours required to graduate Students are required to complete their curric­ulum within 150% of the curriculum length. All hours attempted at Coastal, excluding developmental courses, are counted toward this maximum timeframe for curriculum completion (regardless of when they were attempted). Financial aid students who exceed the 150% maximum timeframe standard will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of their ineligibility for future financial aid

Loss of Student Eligibility for Federal Aid Due to a Drug Conviction

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 provide that a student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted under federal or state law of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment in which federal student aid was received. Federal aid can be grants or federal work-study. The period of ineligibility begins on the date of conviction and lasts until the end of the statutorily specified period. The student may regain eligibility early by completing a drug rehabilitation program or if the conviction is overturned.

Even though you may not be eligible for federal aid, you may be eligible for state aid or institutional aid. If you become eligible or regain your eligibility, you will need to notify the financial aid office. If you are convicted of possessing or selling drugs after you submit your FAFSA, you must notify your financial aid office immediately. You will lose your eligibility and be required to pay back the aid you received after your conviction.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

You will regain eligibility for financial aid the semester following the semester in which the SAP or satisfactory curriculum completion is met. Reinstatement does not waive the payment of any money you may owe Coastal Carolina Community College or the United States Department of Education.