May 17, 2018

Pell Grant Increase for the Summer

The Federal Department of Education has increased the amount of Pell Grant available for summer semester. Students who attended Kishwaukee College full time during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester may be eligible for Pell funding if enrolled in at least six credits this summer. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students.

Cynthia Stonesifer, Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, enthused, “Taking summer classes is a great way to accelerate the time it takes to complete your degree or program. Many students will have increased eligibility for the Pell grant in the summer. We are hopeful that they will take advantage of this opportunity.”

Students may have summer Pell eligibility for the amount of their full-time eligibility for one semester. For example: If the student was awarded a full-time Pell grant of $4000 for the year -- $2000 each semester, they would now be eligible for up to another $2000 in the summer if enrolled in 12 credits and $1000 if enrolled in 6 credits. All other eligibility requirements stay the same.

Additionally, as in previous years, students who did not use all of their Pell Grant in the 2017-2018 school year may use their remaining Pell towards summer classes, no minimum credits required.

To apply for the Federal Pell Grant Program, file a 2017-18 FAFSA at After a student’s FAFSA is processed and student is registered for summer courses at Kishwaukee College, the Financial Aid Office will determine the amount of Pell Grant student is eligible to receive.

Stonesifer explained, “We recommend that students check their myKC self-service or their summer award, after they register. This is a manual process, so we only award those who register. Students can stop in the office to speak with someone to get an estimate of what they may receive prior to registering.” The Financial Aid Office will update student’s financial award letter, which Kish students may view in myKC under Self-Service Financial Aid.

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