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Pell Grant Policies

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The amount of Pell Grant that you are eligible to receive is based on the number of financial aid-eligible credits in which you enroll and attend. The grant amount is reduced when your credit load is less than 12 credits (full-time).

If you plan to receive your full Pell Grant award, you must be enrolled in 12 credits by the financial aid census lock date (wait-listed classes are excluded).  You are responsible for repayments resulting from any decrease to your previously disbursed Pell Grant.

Referenced Dates

 Fall Semester 2017 Spring Semester 2018
First disbursement - earliest date financial aid is releasedAugust 11, 2017January 2, 2018
Census lock date - credits locked for financial aid purposesSeptember 1, 2017 11:59 p.m.January 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Pell Grant Policies



Adjustments between first disbursement and the financial aid Census Date:
  • Your initial Pell Grant is awarded on the assumption you will be full-time. Before your aid first disburses for the semester, the number of financial aid-eligible credits is reviewed. If you are enrolled in fewer than 12 credits, your Pell Grant will be adjusted.
  • Your enrollment will be reviewed and adjusted (if necessary) twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays, between first disbursement and census date.
  • Waitlisted classes are excluded from your Pell Grant eligibility until you are officially enrolled in the class and it appears on your schedule.
  • It’s smart to add classes before you drop classes so you can avoid an inadvertent withdrawal for the semester. The Registrar’s Office has an Enrollment Swap function that allows you to exchange two courses without having to drop one class to add another.
  • If you add or drop a class after your Pell Grant has disbursed, your student account will immediately reflect any resulting changes to student fees, yet the Pell Grant adjustments will occur the following Monday or Thursday.
  • You may have a visible balance or refund on your student account until your enrollment is reviewed again.

Pell Grant Census Date/Tenth Day of Classes:

  • Any classes added after the census date for fall semester are excluded when determining your Pell Grant eligibility.
  • This applies to internships, workshops, and other classes, even if the university allows you to add these credits after the census date.
  • Each semester’s census date is also the last date for you to drop regular session classes with a refund and without a “W”.
  • The same terms apply for spring 2018 semester, though the census date is different (see chart above).

Pell Grant is based upon your enrollment and attendance:

  • Your Pell Grant award is based on the assumption that you attend and participate in educational activities for all of your enrolled classes. Pell Grant amounts are adjusted for non-attendance in courses.
  • Your Pell Grant award will be recalculated and reduced if you drop below the financial aid eligible credits you had in place at 11:59 p.m. on the census date for situations where:
    1. You drop a class or workshop before it starts
    2. You drop without a “W”
    3. You drop with a “W” and your attendance cannot be documented
    4. You do not attend a class
    5. Your professor is unable to document your attendance in a class
    6. You receive an “F” and your professor reports that you never attended
  • Be aware of your status if you enroll in sequenced classes within the same semester. If passing a class is required to continue in the sequence, your financial aid credit load will be reduced if you fail to meet the prerequisites for the next class and are administratively dropped from the class.  An example of this is ITM 104 and 105.  ITM 104 is in the first 8 weeks of the semester.  If you fail to complete ITM 104 successfully, you will be dropped from ITM 105 and the Pell Grant will be reduced.
  • Your Student Center account on my.BoiseState will reflect any grant reduction that occurs for these reasons.

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