Pell Grant

Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is determined by information provided on a student’s current FAFSA submission. Pell Grant funds do not need to be repaid, however, failure to complete a course may result in a reduction of Pell Grant funding for the semester. The student may be responsible for repaying unearned Pell Grant funds.

The amount of Pell Grant awarded is determine on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is calculated with the FAFSA submittal. Award amounts may be subject to change based on the individual student’s financial need, costs to attend school, enrollment status, and Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Only courses that are applicable to the student’s graduations requirements for their active degree program will be calculated towards enrollment status for Pell Grant eligibility.

Pell Grant Facts:

• The Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) for all undergraduate students is 600%

• The maximum amount of Pell that a student can use in one semester is 50%.

• The maximum amount of Pell that a student can use in one year is 150%.

• The Pell amount is prorated to less than 50% if a student is taking less than 12 credits, for example: 37.5% for 9-11 credits, 25% for 6-8 credits, or 12.5% for 1-5 credits.

• If a student used their full 100% of Pell (by enrolling full-time in fall AND spring) then they are required to enroll in at least six credit hours to receive additional Pell.

• If a student did not use their full 100% of Pell (by enrolling less than full-time in fall OR spring) then they still have remaining eligibility from their original 100% of Pell, and the student can still receive Pell funds in the summer if they are enrolled less-than half-time.

• Any amount of Pell that is not used in one year is forfeited, however unused Pell does not count against the student’s total 600% eligibility.

Each student has a 600% Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) limit. This means that students can use up to 100% of their Pell grant eligibility each year for up to 6 years, or twelve semesters at full-time (if they qualify for the Pell grant based on their FAFSA). If a student does not use the full amount of Pell that they qualify for within the 6 years, they can receive a Pell grant in additional years, until they reach the 600% total lifetime eligibility.

The US Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2017 allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the student’s Pell Grant Scheduled Award for an award year, or Year-Round Pell. This provision is effective beginning with the 2017–2018 award year. Students who take full-time course loads receive 50% of their Pell grant in the fall and 50% of their Pell grant in the spring, and are eligible to use up to an additional 50% of their Pell grant in the summer semester, for a total of up to 150%. Below are examples of Pell grant percentages used each year, and how that affects a student’s total 600% Pell LEU. Keep in mind, these are only examples; a Pell grant award will vary depending on enrollment status for each semester during an award year.


Example Students for Pell Grant Awards

The US Department of Education approves additional grant funds annually to be awarded to students with the highest financial aid unmet need. In addition to the approved Federal funding, NWCCD contributes a twenty five percent match. The total Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to students based on the following criteria until all funding is spent. SEOG awards vary annually and per enrollment.

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is zero, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled in a Title IV degree seeking program (associates and/or certificate)
  • Students have to be Pell Grant eligible, as determined by the US Department of Education
  • Priority will be given to earlier FAFSA submissions
  • Award based on enrollment for the semester; full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time or less-than-half-time
  • Award is subject to change if an eligible student’s enrollment status changes prior to the Financial Aid census date (freeze date)

Employee/Family Grant
The Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) offers tuition assistance to employees and their eligible family members. The award is applied to each eligible term and is based on several criteria as well as availability of funding. Employees or eligible family members wishing to review additional criteria can access the form in the Financial Aid page of the MyNWCCD portal, or stop by the Financial Aid Office. The completed application must be returned to the financial aid office.

Golden Age Grant
The Golden Age Grant is available to students who are age 60 or above. The grant is not applicable for applicable for summer courses. Students applying for the grant must be 60 year of age on or before the first day of the semester. The grant will cover 50% of tuition for those classes, fees not included. Any remaining balance is the student’s responsibility and must be paid by the payment deadline. Students wishing to review additional criteria can access the form in the Financial Aid page of the MyNWCCD portal, or stop by the Financial Aid Office. The completed application must be returned to the Financial Aid Office.

America’s Promise grants are designed to accelerate the development and expansion of regional workforce partnerships committed to providing a pipeline of skilled workers in specific sectors, including information technology, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services and educational services.

At NWCCD, the following areas of study potentially qualify students for funding:

For a student to be eligible for America’s Promise funding, they must be currently enrolled at Gillette College, Sheridan College or Sheridan College in Johnson County and be on pace to complete by December 2020. To remain eligible, students must maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA.

Interested students should contact Foster by email at or call 307-681-6384 to determine their eligibility for America’s Promise grant funding.