2014-2015 Pell Grant Application

Beginning with the 2014-2015 federal student aid form, the FAFSA will begin to collect income and other information from a dependent student's legal parents regardless of the parents' marital status or gender, if those parents live together. 

The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, will provide a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents' marital status as unmarried and both parents living together.  This will give the Department of Education a better idea of how much total income the family is able to provide towards their dependant childís education. 

The 2014-2015 Pell Grant Application will still collect family income, family size, cost of attendance, and the total family members currently in school to determine if you are eligible for a Pell Grant.  Once you have complete the application and signed all documentation, you will receive confirmation from the Department of Education that your FAFSA has been received. 

FAFSA Submission

Students can complete the FAFSA online or through paper form.  The most efficient way to complete the FAFSA is through the online application, since:

Students can complete the application when convenient for them.
Applicants can submit their application through e-file

Confirmation is given when the application has been received.

Any changes or updates to the information given within the application can be completed online

Students will receive real-time correspondence from the Department of Education and through their schoolís financial aid office.

FAFSA Deadline

Each state has its own respective FAFSA deadline.  Itís important to make sure you know your stateís FAFSA deadline or you may not be eligible for a Pell Grant.  Itís important to give yourself enough time to complete the FAFSA or you may not meet the deadline.  To complete the FAFSA, it generally takes 1-2 hours for individuals using their electronic filing services if you already have your FAFSA PIN.


Students that complete the FAFSA will receive an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) score.  This score will determine if you qualify for a Pell Grant.  The lower your EFC score, the greater the chances are that you will receive a Pell Grant.  An EFC score of zero will make you eligible for the full Pell Grant award amount.  Most applicants that receive a zero EFC score have low income and / or high cost of attendance. 
Pell Grant Requirements