A Federal Pell Grant is money awarded by the federal government that can be used to pay students tuition, or, if tuition is covered by other means, help to buy books and supplies, or pay for transportation costs.
PELL is available only to students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional certificate.
The amount of your Federal Pell Grant depends on your cost of attendance, expected family contribution, enrollment status and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The amount of money you and your family can reasonably be expected to use toward paying for a college education. The EFC is determined by a formula established by Congress. The EFC is used to calculate the amount of your Federal Pell Grant.
The EFC, which is expressed as a dollar figure, is calculated based on such factors as family income, taxable investment assets, college savings accounts, number of people in the household, marital status of the parents, number of students in college etc.
Using the New PELL Award Chart for 2013-2014
To use this chart, a student must know their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status.
Log into CUNYfirst Self-Service Student Center to locate your enrollment status.
Note: Your enrollment status may change based on remedial courses
Locate your EFC on your paper or electronic SAR.
On the new Pell Award Chart for 2013-2014, look at the left-hand column labeled "EFC" and find the range of numbers containing your particular "EFC".
Look at the columns to the right labeled with the different enrollment statuses. The appropriate PELL Grant award amounts for every EFC are printed for each enrollment status.
Find the column for your enrollment status and move across the same row as your EFC until you find the award amount for your particular enrollment status.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Students may not be in default on a previous federal student loan or owe the federal government a refund of financial aid previously received.
Students must be willing to verify the information provided on the FAFSA.
If you are male between 18 and 25 years of age you must register with Selective Service.
Pell Grant Program will be limited to a maximum of 12 full-time equivalent semesters or 600% (100% per academic year) of Pell Grant eligibility per student.
To learn more visit general Student Eligibility requirements.
Bronx Community College School Code is 002692
The FAFSA is the application that is used for federal government grants. Click here for How to Apply?
The federal government restricts the use of Pell Grants for students to take up to 30 hours of non-credit remedial course work. After the student has reached the 30 hour limit on remedial course work, the student may not receive PELL or other forms of federal student aid for any additional remedial hours.
Pell Advance Payments
Pell advance payments are available for eligible students at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Pell advance payments are intended to give students a portion of their award at the beginning of the semester to help purchase books and supplies.
In order to provide an advance payment, students must have file early, finalize their FAFSA information and settle their semester tuition bill.
Students may chose either the CUNY Scholar Support Prepaid Card or direct deposit methods to receive financial aid disbursements.
Pell advance payments do not represent any additional financial aid. If a student receives an advance payment, the amount of this payment will be deducted from their regular Federal Pell Grant disbursement.
Note: Students who receive a Pell Advance but do not begin attendance in classes, must return the payment immediately to the college.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is an award given to undergraduate students who show exceptional financial need.
To receive FSEOG, students must meet the Student Eligibility requirements for federal financial aid.
Students must enroll for and maintain enrollment status of half-time (6 credits or equated credits)
Note: Students who receive an FSEOG paymentbut do not begin attendance in classes, must return the payment immediately to the college
Apply for FSEOG by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Click here for How to Apply?
Award notification for FSEOG
Students will receive an award letter from the college indicating whether or not FSEOG has been awarded. Check your award status by logging into the CUNY Portal.
Note: CUNY automatically considers a student for this award if his/her FAFSA application indicates Federal Work-Study or Federal Perkins Loan assistance. File your FAFSA early. FSEOG college funding is limited.
Federal Work-Study Program
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is campus-based federal Title IV financial aid that comes in the form of employment. Â The FWS program provides students with an opportunity to be placed in a part-time job that accommodates their academic schedule.
Students must enroll in a matriculated course of study and register for at least six credits.
Students receive FWS funds according to the number of hours worked. The rate of pay is at least minimum wage.
Students are encouraged to choose job placements with an eye towards community service and/or future vocational interests.
FWS funds are limited and are awarded to students on a first come, first served basis. File early for the best possibility of receiving FWS funds.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to students to assist them in paying tuition. The program is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Bronx Community College school code is 1400.
What is the application process?
The first step in the TAP application process is the completion of the FAFSA. Once a student gets to the FAFSA on the Web Confirmation Page, there will be a link for New York State residents to complete an application for TAP. Click here for How to Apply?
What are the eligibility requirements?
Be a legal resident of New York State (that is, lived in NYS for at least one year prior to the first day of the semester for which you are seeking payment).
Be a U.S citizen, permanent resident or hold an I-94 visa as a refugee, paroled refugee or conditional entrant.
Be enrolled in a degree program at Bronx Community College.
Be enrolled full-time in at least 12 credits that meet the requirements of your major. In your first tap semester, you must have at least 3 degree credits as part of your full-time course load. After your first semester, you must have at least 6 degree credits as part of your full-time course load.
Have a high school diploma from a U.S. high school, a recognized GED certification, or pass an approved ability-to-benefit test.
Meet the economic criteria.
What are the income requirements?
To meet the New York State taxable income criteria for TAP: Dependent students or independent students with tax dependents must have a total family net taxable income below $80,001. Independent students who are single with no tax dependents must have a total family net taxable income below $10,001. Independent students who are married with no tax dependents must have a total family net taxable income below $40,001. To learn more visit HESC.
How many semesters can I receive TAP?
You may receive TAP up to 6 semesters (or the equivalent) as an associate degree student. You will be limited to 6 semesters of TAP even if you change majors or transfer to another community college.
How do I know if I receive TAP?
Several weeks after submitting your TAP-on-the-Web application you will receive an email notification from NYS Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC) about your award status and the amount of TAP you may expect to receive. HESC will also notify the college of your TAP awards.
The college will credit your tuition bill with your semester TAP award. Check your financial aid status in CUNYfirst after you enrolled in courses.
Aid for Part-time Study (APTS)
Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) is a grant from New York State for students pursuing a degree as a part-time undergraduate student. The amount of the grant is determined by CUNY and is based upon the availability of funds from New York State.
What is the application process?
To apply you must first complete the FAFSA then the TAP application. Second, complete a CUNY Supplement form. Log on to the CUNY Portal and click on the "Filing your CUNY Financial Aid Supplement Form" link for complete instructions on filing the CUNY Supplement.
After you complete the CUNY Supplement, the Portal will confirm that it has been submitted and will allow you the opportunity to print a copy of the CUNY Supplement for your records. Click here for How to Apply?
What are the eligibility requirements?
Be enrolled part time in a minimum of 6 to 11 credits in a degree program or registered certificate program at Bronx Community College.
Meet the program income limits.
Be a New York State resident.
Not have used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility.
Be free of debt from any defaulted student loan that HESC guaranteed.
You must maintain a "C" average after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of State-sponsored student financial aid.
Have a high school diploma from a U.S. high school, a recognized GED certification.
What are the income requirements?
To meet the New York State taxable income criteria for APTS: Students claimed by parents as a tax exemption or students who claim dependents of their own must have a New York State net taxable income below $50,501. Students not eligible to be claimed by parents as a tax exemption or who are single with no tax dependents must have a net taxable income below $ 34,251.
How many semesters can I receive APTS?
A student may receive up to 16 semesters of APTS while enrolled in an associate degree program.
Part-Time TAP (PTAP)
Students must be part-time and enrolled in 6-11 credit. To apply students you must complete a FAFSA and a TAP application. Click here for How to Apply?
Be a New York State Resident
Be admitted into a degree program
Earn 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive preceding semesters, for a total of 24 credits
Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
New York City College Discovery (CD)
College Discovery (CD) is a special program funded by New York City for financially and educationally disadvantaged students who are New York City residents. Students who are in the CD program may receive money for books and fees. These funds are grants and do not have to be repaid. CD students also receive additional counseling and tutorial services through the Department of Student Affairs.
Selection for the program
You must indicate on your freshman admissions application that you want to be considered for the CD program when you first apply to the College. Once you receive your notification of acceptance to Bronx Community College, you will also be notified whether or not you have been selected for the CD program.
What financial aid applications do CD students have to file?
In order to establish your eligibility for CD financial aid, you must file the following applications:
There may be additional documentation you will have to submit to the Financial Aid Office to finalize your eligibility.
When your applications have been processed and your CD eligibility determined, you will receive an award letter from the Financial Aid Office. You may also check your award status by logging into the CUNY Portal, clicking on the "Admissions/ Financial Aid" tab, and then on the "eFAP (Financial Aid)" icon.
What kinds of financial aid can I get as a CD student?
You most probably will be eligible to receive TAP and PELL. If you are found to be eligible for CD financial aid, the CD program may provide you money for books and will pay your school fees. You may also be able to receive additional types of assistance such as: Federal Work-Study a Federal Perkins Loan or a Federal Direct Loan.
When do I receive my CD book and fee money?
CD book money is disbursed twice a year, once at the beginning of each semester according to the following Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule. Fees are paid directly to the College twice a year.
How many credits do I have to take to be eligible for CD financial aid?
In most instances, you must register and maintain enrollment as a full-time student (you must be enrolled in at least 12 credits or equated credits towards your degree) in order to be eligible for CD financial aid.
If, for any reason, your course load falls below 12 credits or equated credits, but not fewer than 9 credits, you must see your CD counselor to verify your continued eligibility for program funds.
What if I go to summer school?
Entering freshmen who have to take remedial courses will be required to participate in the college's Summer Immersion program prior to their first semester of enrollment as a pre-requisite to participating in the CD program.
Once you have been accepted as a CD student, you may be eligible to receive CD financial aid (books and fees) for attending summer classes. Eligible summer school enrollment is 6 or more credits or equated credits. You must file your financial aid applications before the summer school deadline (as established by the Financial Aid Office) in order to receive these funds.