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What is a Pell Grant?

Federal Pell Grants are grants or educational funding that does not have to be repaid after graduation.  Federal Pell Grants are awarded through participating institutions to students with financial need who have not received their first bachelor's degree.  Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.  Federal Pell Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC) (see below); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine the family EFC.

Steps to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the following Federal financial aid programs:


    Pell, SEOG


    Stafford Subsidized
    Stafford Unsubsidized
    Parent Loan for Undergraduate

    Federal Work-Study

    Campus Work-Study Jobs
  2. FAFSA Follow-up: If you provided your email address on the FAFSA, you'll receive an email link to your processed FAFSA information on the web. Otherwise, your Student Aid Report will arrive in the mail in 2-4 weeks. Corrections may be made using your FSA ID at

  3. Respond Promptly to any additional request for information from the CSI Financial Aid Office.
  4. Review Your Award Notification that will be sent to you by e-mail. The award notification will direct you to review your awards online through your NetPartner account.  On NetPartner you will be able to review, modify, accept and decline the types and amounts of aid you are eligible to receive.

What you will need to complete the FAFSA...

CSI School Code: 001619

  • Your Social Security card and driver's license
  • If dependent, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for parent(s) providing income information on your FAFSA
  • W-2 Forms and records of money earned in the previous year
  • Previous year’s U.S. income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ or 1040 Telefile for you, your spouse (if married), and parents (if you are a dependent student)
  • Records of other untaxed income received in the previous year such as welfare, Social Security, TANF, TAFI, Child Support, or Veteran's Benefits
  • Current bank statements
  • Business and farm records
  • Records of stocks, bonds, CD's, and other investments
  • Your Alien Registration card, if you are not a U.S. Citizen
  • You/your parent's U.S. Dept. of Ed. FSA ID if filing online

You're considered independent if

  • You are 24 years of age or older OR
  • You are married when you apply OR
  • At the beginning of the upcoming school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program OR
  • You have children that receive more than half of their support from you OR
  • You have dependents other than your children or spouse that live with you and receive more than half of their support from you, now and through the end of the upcoming school year
  • Both parents are deceased or if you are/were (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court OR
  • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces OR
  • At any time since you turned age 13, both of your parents became deceased, you were in foster care or you were a dependent or ward of the court OR
  • You are an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence OR
  • You are in a legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence OR
  • At any time on or after 7/1/2008 your high school or district homeless liaison determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless OR
  • At any time on or after 7/1/2008 the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless OR
  • At any time on or after 7/1/2008 the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or are at risk of being homeless

Create your FSA ID

All students and parents of dependent students are required to create an FSA ID, made up of a username and password. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity and allows you to access to your financial aid information and electronically sign the FAFSA application, making the application process simpler and faster.