What Is a Pell Grant?

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A Pell grant is a form of financial aid given by the federal government that does not need to be paid back by the student, and it is given out based on financial need. Learn more about the Pell grant, available to first-year undergraduate students, with information from an experienced financial aid officer of a university in this free video on education.

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Hi my name is Brooke Kramer, and I'm a financial aid officer with Argosy University in Salt Lake City. And today we're going to talk about what is a Pell Grant. A Pell grant is aid given by the Federal government based on need that students do not need to pay back. In order to become eligible for the Pell Grant a student does need to complete a free application for Federal student aid. They also need to be planning on attending an accredited university that has received approval for Title IV funding. Once you complete the free application for Federal student aid, your school should receive your results and they will be able to tell you what you qualify for in Pell money. A way a school determines what you qualify in Pell Grant, is by looking at your effective family contribution, how many credits per semester that you plan on attending or taking, and also at what grade level you are at. If you have additional questions regarding Pell Grant you can visit our website at www.argosy.edu.

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