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Pell Recalculation Date

Your financial aid award is calculated based on anticipated full-time enrollment (12 credits or more). In most cases you are not required to attend full-time in order to be eligible for a Pell Grant. However, if your actual registration is for less than that (i.e., 1/2 time or 6 credit hours), your Pell Grant will be adjusted accordingly. In addition, Pima Community College (PCC) adjusts these awards each payment period, as required, based on the student’s enrollment status as of the PRD for the payment period (usually a semester). By rule, Pell Grant is determined by the student’s enrollment status as of the PRD.

To ensure that you receive the maximum financial aid award you are eligible for, and to avoid having to return funds already credited to your student account, you are strongly encouraged to finalize your course schedule BEFORE the PRD.

  • Spring 2022 - 1/27/2022
  • Summer 2022 - 6/14/2022
  • Fall 2022 - 9/8/2022
  • Nonstandard term programs - Recalculate Pell Grant from the 1st day of the term until the last day of the term.

Federal financial aid eligibility is determined, in part, by the amount of eligible credit hours a student is registered for as of the PRD (enrollment status). Your Pell Grant may be increased, decreased, or even canceled if changes to enrollment are made prior to 7:00pm local time on the PRD. 

In general, your enrollment status will be captured on the published PRD. If you increase or decrease your credit load prior to the PRD, Pell Grant funds may be adjusted, as appropriate, to match the level of enrollment.

If you drop a course or you fail to commence attendance in a course, your aid will be reduced and it will create a balance due to the college. You will be responsible for paying this balance off.

If you are actively enrolled prior to the PRD and add a course or courses AFTER the PRD (waitlisted courses are not considered actively enrolled) the enrollment status used to determine Pell Grant eligibility will not be increased, therefore, your Pell Grant will not increase.

SCENARIO 1: A student enrollment status is captured at 6 credits (1/2 time) at the PRD. After the PRD the student adds a 3 credit course increasing their course load to 9 credits (3/4 time). The enrollment status used to determine Pell Grant funds will remain at 1/2 time and the Pell Grant amount will not increase.

SCENARIO 2: A student drops/withdraws from a course(s) after the PRD without beginning attendance and then adds another course(s). The enrollment status used to determine the student's Pell Grant will remain at the same level as captured on the PRD. However, the student must begin attendance in all courses used to determine their enrollment status.

SCENARIO 3: A student enrollment status is captured at 6 credits (1/2 time) at the PRD. After the PRD the student drops a 3 credit class, but then adds another 3 credit class. The enrollment status used to determine Pell Grant funds will not decrease and will remain at 1/2 time. However, the course must meet the criteria of an eligible class:

  • Applicable to the program of study on record
  • Needed as a graduation requirement
  • Is not excluded based on the repeat rule
  • Is an eligible remedial course

 

In some cases a student’s enrollment status may not be captured on the published PRD. For example, students who are determined eligible and enrolled in courses after the PRD.

SCENARIO 1: An eligible student initially enrolls in courses after the published PRD. The enrollment status for this student will be determined on the day the student registers for classes. PCC recommends that students register for all coursework simultaneously.


SCENARIO 2: An eligible student who was registered, but never begun attendance in any courses prior to the PRD, but re-registers after the PRD will have their enrollment status determined on the day the student re-registers for classes. This is because the student never activated their PRD and will be calculated on the day the student re-registers for classes.


SCENARIO 3: An eligible student who registers and begins attendance in a course(s) prior to the PRD then withdraws, but re-enrolls after the PRD will have their enrollment status determined based on their original capture (at the time of the withdrawal). This student activated their PRD and can be only calculated at their original status.

SCENARIO 4: A student who has been actively enrolled and whose financial aid eligibility is not determined until after the published PRD, will have their enrollment status determined at the time the student becomes eligible to receive federal financial aid. This includes all verification and student eligibility requirements.

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