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Federal Grants

Federal grants do not have to be repaid (with limited exceptions, such as withdrawing from school.  See Returning Federal Financial Aid in the navigation menu on the left.)  The Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) are an award of funds for educational expenses provided by the federal government to undergraduate students whose FAFSA information indicates a financial need.  Grant amounts are dependent on each individual's financial need and the number of eligible hours their enrolled. 

Students must complete the FAFSA in order to apply. See Apply for Aid - FAFSA in the navigation menu on the left.

See Financial Aid 101 in the navigation menu on the left to review general Title IV eligibility requirements.  

All applicants who are determined to be eligible based upon need, and who are not ineligible for some other reason, will receive the Federal Pell Grant.  The Maximum Pell amount for the 2019-2020 Award year is $6,195.  As established by the Department of Education, students cannot receive more than 6 full-time years (or 600 lifetime eligibility units) of Pell aid.  

Unlike the Pell, not all students who are eligible will be awarded the FSEOG.  IECC, like other participating institutions, receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education which are offered on a first-come first-serve basis to students with the greatest need. Once these funds have been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year.  This is yet another reason why it's important to complete the FAFSA in a timely manner each year.  Students at IECC must be eligible for Pell in order to be considered for this grant.  FSEOG awards at all four Illinois Eastern Community College Campuses are generally limited to $800.  

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