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Pell Policy

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) amended the law to allow payment of up to 200 percent of a student's Pell Grant Scheduled Award within a single award year if it enables the student to accelerate his or her progress, on at least a half-time basis, toward a degree or certificate. This provision to allow two Scheduled Awards ("two Pells") in an award year was effective beginning with the 2009-10 award year. 

Students receiving more than 100 percent of their Pell Grant Scheduled Award within a single award year must meet certain conditions. At Malone University those conditions are defined as follows:

  • Enrolled year round for the academic year, which begins with summer and ends with spring, and enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in the spring semester
  •  Must have completed enough summer and fall hours and   be enrolled in sufficient hours for the spring to be considered as making academic progression at an accelerated rate, which is 25 or more hours for the academic year

Following are some examples of how a Pell Grant would work for a student enrolled summer 2010, fall 2010, and spring 2011.  The examples are based on a student who is full Pell Grant eligible ($5,550) for the academic year.

Example 1 – Student is enrolled at least half-time for spring and meets progression

Summer Fall Spring
Enrollment: 9 Hrs Enrollment: 12 Hrs Enrollment: 12 Hrs.
Completes:   9 Hours  Completes:  12 Hour Progression: 9 + 12 + 12 = 33 Hr
Pell Award:  $2,082 (37.5% of $5,550) Pell Award:  $2,775 (50% of $5,550) Pell Award: $2,775 (50% of $5,550)

 

Because the student meets the progression requirement and is enrolled at least half-time for the spring semester, he/she is eligible for additional Pell grant beyond percent.

 

Example 2 – Student is enrolled at least half-time for spring but does not meet progression

Summer Fall Spring
Enrollment: 9 Hrs Enrollment: 12 Hrs Enrollment: 12 Hrs.
Completes:   0 Hours Completes:  12 Hours Progression: 0 + 12 + 12 = 24 Hrs
Pell Award:  $2,082 (37.5% of $5,550) Pell Award:  $2,775 (50% of $5,550 Pell Award: $693 (12.5% of $5,550

 

Because the student did not meet the progression requirement of at least 25 hours (combination of summer and fall completed hours, and spring enrollment), he/she is not eligible for additional Pell grant beyond 100 percent.  However, if the student enrolled in at least 13 hours in the spring, he/she would be eligible for  $2,775.  Note that the student is still eligible for the remaining 100 percent for the spring term, but is not eligible to receive more than 100 percent because progression was not met.   

 

 Example 3 – Student is not enrolled at least half-time for the spring but meets progression. 

Summer Fall Spring
Enrollment: 9 Hrs Enrollment:  16 Hrs Enrollment:  3 Hrs.
Completes:  9 Hours Completes:   16  Hours Progression: 9 + 16 + 3 = 28 Hr
Pell Award:  $2,082 (37.5% of $5,550)  Pell Award:  $2,775 (50% of $5,550  Pell Award: $693 (12.5% of $5,550)

 

Even though progression was met, the student was not enrolled at least half-time for the spring semester, so the most he/she could receive is $694 – the maximum percentage for a less than half-time Pell is 12.5 percent.  If the student enrolled in 6 hours for spring (half-time) eligibility would be 25 percent Pell ($1,387), if enrolled in 9 hours (three-quarter-time) eligibility would be 37.5 percent Pell ($2,081), and if enrolled in 22 hours (full-time) eligibility would be 50 percent  Pell ($2,775).  

 



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