Changes in Pell Grant Program Can
Accelerate TAMIU Degree Completion
Recently announced changes in the federal grant program known as
Pell Grant can help Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students
accelerate their degree completion and finish their program faster,
University officials said.
Laura Elizondo, TAMIU director of the Office of Financial Aid,
said the program will be available for the first time this summer and students can
begin applying for it Monday, April 5. She noted it could impact
about 76% of TAMIU undergraduate students.
“Basically, the Pell Grant has been redefined now as being
Year-Round, meaning students can have the opportunity to have two scheduled
Pell Grant Awards during a single award year. The availability of these
additional funds can be used for Maymester or summer school, thus
accelerating the pace of degree completion. Since the majority of our
students are Pell Grant recipients, this represents an enormous opportunity
for them to speed up their degree progress and realize their career and
long-term goals faster,” Elizondo said.
Eligible students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress
(SAP) Policy; have completed 24 hours in the previous Fall or spring or
complete them in conjunction with their summer enrollment; enrolled a
minimum of half-time and enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor's degree.
Additionally, the Pell Grant requires students to exhaust their first Pell Award before receiving a second Pell Award and to enroll at least
half time during the summer sessions to received payment from the second
Elizondo said that because of the individual situation of each student the value of the Pell Grant Award would vary.
“This is why we are especially encouraging students to come in
and complete the needed paperwork so that we can identify the best strategy
to most completely assist them with the Year Round Pell. For example, the
value will vary based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the
FAFSA of the current year, but the University can use the following year’s
FAFSA (2010-2011) for summer awarding if the EFC is less then the current
2009-2010 application,” she explained.
“We encourage qualified students to visit with our four
counselors so that they can better prepare to access the Year-Round Pell
Award Program,” Elizondo concluded.
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