2012-2013 federal and state pell grant law changes. IMPORTANT.
Apparently, the government made some changes to start Fall 2012.
If you have received pell grants/state grants for 6 years or 12 terms you will now be ineligible for grants. This is a total time..so if you went to school in 1999, went back to do something else in 2004, quit and started again in 2011..your total years of aid are looked at.
if you went to a vocational program, did schools like phoenix online, and used pell, then decided it was useless and went to a local campus, it counts as well.
Basically if you have ever used a pell grant to pay for any kind of schooling be it a diploma or some sort or a certificate, even if you never completeld it..it counts as total time.
Once you reach 6 years of pell the federal government will look at your total lifetime usage..and you will be capped once you hit 600%. This happens when people go parttime, take a semester off in a year,ect. Its based on this :what you were awarded a year/divided by how much was actually paid out). Once you come close to that 600%, starting this year, you are ineligible for grant money. Please Note: even if you are not at that 600% but at 500% you may still be cut off because of coming close to reaching the max limit.
The federal government will allow students to check their Lifetime usage online starting July 2012, until then you can go and check your pell grant history and figure your usage out yourself.
here is the link to check your usage: Login info is the same as the ones you used to apply for FAFSA.
and here is information on this new change. letters to those students who are going to be cut off should be going out shortly, this month i believe. They won't be coming from your school and your school does not have that information. These letters will be coming from the dept of education themselves.