Federal Pell Grant

**Award Range:**  $299-$2,908/semester

Pell Grant is a federal program for undergraduate students who have not yet earned their first bachelor’s degree. The data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) produces an EFC, or Expected Family Contribution, which is used in determining Pell Grant eligibility. 

Federal Pell Grant Eligibility is limited to 6 years at full-time enrollment. Once a student has reached the Lifetime Eligibility Used the student may qualify for other types of financial aid but will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant.

Federal Pell Grant is based on EFC, enrollment level, and the number of semesters attended. Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school simultaneously (e.g. – award period or semester).  Pell Grant is adjusted through the 9th calendar day of the term for 9 to 16 week classes. Once that date is reached, Pell will not change for courses dropped as long as the student started the course.  Pell will not be increased for courses added after the adjusted date.  Students are paid up front for courses that begin throughout the term.  Pell awards are adjusted and money must be repaid if a student fails to attend a course that begins after the adjustment date.

**Actual Enrollment**

**Pell Eligibility**

12+ Credit Hours (full-time)

100% of Pell Award

9-11 Credit Hours (3/4 time)

75% of Pell Award

6-8 Credit Hours (1/2 time)

50% of Pell Award

Less than 6 Credit Hours

25% of Pell Award


Additional Policies regarding Federal Pell Grant:

  • A student must maintain enrollment and attendance during the semester in order to maintain eligibility for Federal Pell Grant funds. Dropping classes (or simply not attending class anymore) before the Financial Aid Census Date usually results in the student owing back the Pell Grant funds associated with that class.
  • If the FAFSA is received by Sandburg after the close of a semester and the student attended the current award year, retroactive reimbursement is calculated based on the number of credit hours successfully completed with an earned grade of “A, B, C, D, or P”. In addition, if the student is selected for verification, all required documents must be on file and the student must meet all other eligibility criteria to receive a retroactive award. The last possible day a valid FAFSA may be received for the year is the last day of the Spring/Summer term, or the last date of attendance for the award year, whichever is earlier.
  • Students may only receive one scheduled Pell Grant award per award year. If a student is enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) during both the Fall and Spring semesters, they will NOT be eligible to receive Pell Grant during Summer. Students enrolled less than full-time during Fall or Spring semesters, may have remaining Pell Grant eligibility for Summer.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

**Award Range:**  Maximum of $2000/semester

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is available for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need as demonstrated by the lowest EFC. Priority consideration is given to students who receive the Federal Pell Grant. The grant provides up to a maximum of $4000 per year. Qualifying students apply for this need-based aid by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Funding levels for this program are very limited. As a result, fewer than 10% of all Pell Grant eligible students will be awarded SEOG. Interested students should apply early to ensure maximum award consideration.  Students must enroll in at last six credit hours for summer to qualify for the FSEOG Grant. Summer FSEOG Awards are made in late spring or early summer. 

State of IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP)

MAP Grant is available for undergraduate students who have not yet earned their first bachelor’s degree. The data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is shared with the state who calculates the student award. The amount of MAP Grant funding students are awarded is based on such factors as application date, enrollment level, and the number of semesters attended during the award year. Students may not receive IL MAP Grant funds from more than one school simultaneously.   MAP grant is available for Fall and Spring semesters only.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of State funding, IL MAP Grants will be applied to student accounts once payment is received by the State.

State of Illinois Monetary Award Grant Disclosures:

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on this award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)". MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible. Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours. There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135. If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Sandburg.

Students may find their number of MAP paid credit hours by calling 800.899.4722.  Community college students cannot be classified as a Junior or Senior. 

Students must be enrolled for at least 15 credits per semester to receive the full amount of the MAP Grant shown on the award letter.   When enrolled in less than 15 credits the award is prorated as follows:  Award ÷ 15 x credits enrolled.   This award may only be applied to tuition and the registration fee.

Students are limited to 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours at the community college. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.

MAP Awards Pending State Budget Question and Answers

Q: What is the status of MAP Grant pending a state budget?
A: The College will apply MAP Grants to student accounts AT THE TIME THE STATE PAYS THE AWARD.

Q: If I am not receiving MAP Grant funds, why do I see a MAP award on my financial aid account?
A: Initial calculations show the student is eligible to receive MAP Grant.  If a state budget is approved, the final approved MAP eligibility will be applied to student accounts.

Q: When will the state allocate and distribute MAP Grant funds?
A: We hope that a state budget is approved soon so that we can better assist all of our MAP Grant recipients. However, at this time, we are not able to estimate when that might occur, as this is a state process, not an institutional one.

Q: With no MAP Grant, I cannot afford to continue my education. Are there any other options?
A: We understand that the uncertainty of MAP Grant funding may affect plans to cover the costs of education at Sandburg. It is best to contact us directly to discuss options. We are here to help with any questions students might have regarding financial aid. Please stop by Financial Aid Office in E103, or call 309.341.5283, or email financialaid@sandburg.edu.

Q: If the state allocates MAP Grant funding, how will I know?
A: We will notify students when the award is applied to student accounts.


Questions regarding the state budget should be directed to:
Daniel Swanson Norine Hammond
swanson@ilhousegop.org  rephammond@macomb.com
536 Oxford Ave 331 N. Lafayette Street
Suite D P.O. Box 170
Woodhull, IL 61490 Macomb, IL 61455
 309.334.7474 309.836.2707