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Federal Grants

Federal Grants

Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant Program is the foundation of the federal government’s financial aid programs. Once the FAFSA is submitted, the Federal government evaluates and determines Pell Grant eligibility from the adjusted gross income, taxes paid, assets, and the number of family members in college.  These factors among others, help determine the student’s expected family contribution (EFC).  The EFC will determine Pell Grant Eligibility.

  • The student is notified via a Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • Students are notified of any requirements such as documents or forms that need to be turned in or issues that need to be resolved via their Campus Cruiser/WebAdvisor account.

Effective July 1, 2012, the duration of eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is 12 full-time semesters. Students who are less than full-time (12 credits), will receive a prorated Pell award for each semester.   For further information on Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility, see http://www.middlesexcc.edu/financial-aid/pell-grant-eligibility/

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal SEOG funds are reserved for undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need, as determined by the college. Priority for these awards is given to the Pell grant recipients taking 6 or more credits.

  • The College determines eligibility based on federal guidelines
  • The student is notified via an award notice from the Financial Aid Office
  • Awards are given to eligible students until funds are exhausted
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