Pell Grant Requirements for Unemployed

Individuals that are currently unemployed and want to return back to school may be eligible for a Pell Grant.  The Pell Grant is a federal student aid grant that does not have to be repaid.  All funds can be used to pay for any education expense, which include:

1:  Books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses, which include Living expenses such as room and board

2:  Tuition and fees

3:  Dependent care for students with dependents.
If you are interested in the Pell Grant and currently unemployed then you must meet the below requirements to be eligible:

1:  U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

2:  Have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) equivalency or otherwise demonstrate the ability to benefit from the education or training offered. 

3:  Have not received a bachelorís degree already. 

4:  No federal student loan defaults, which include the Stafford Loan and Perkins Loan. 

5:  Currently have no convictions for or sale of an illegal drug while receiving Federal Financial Aid.
If you meet the above requirements then you may be eligible for a Pell Grant.  Students must complete and submit the FAFSA application, which takes into account your current family income and other factors to determine how much you should be able to contribute towards your education. 

If you have been recently unemployed and your income shown on your FAFSA doesnít accurately reflect your current situation then contact your financial aid office to inform them of your situation.  They may be able to assist you in other financial aid options due to your current situation.
Pell Grant Requirements