Dual-credit Pell at Carl Sandburg College

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Carl Sandburg College to participate in an experimental program that allows students enrolled in dual-credit classes to receive Pell Grants. The Pell Grant program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. The maximum award is $6,895 for the 2022-23 academic year. To apply for Pell, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). For more information, visit dual credit for high school students.

When to apply for financial aid


  • Limited to students enrolled in 2021-22 or previously
  • Apply between October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023
  • Use income from 2020
  • Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023


  • At this time, the Department of Education has not renewed this experimental program and so we are unable to offer Federal Student Aid to dual-credit students indefinitely. Should this change at any point, updates will be posted here. 

Get help completing the FAFSA®

We provide individual assistance to complete the FAFSA® in person and on the phone. Call 309.341.5283 for assistance.

Steps to apply for financial aid

  1. Apply for admission to Carl Sandburg College.

  2. Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (if dependent). This is a one-time process. The FSA ID provides access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and will serve as the legal signature. View this video to better understand the requirements to set up an FSA ID.

  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Sandburg's Federal School code is 007265. Students may complete the FAFSA online. The FAFSA is used to award federal, state and some institutional aid.

  4. Monitor the Financial Aid status at mySandburg > Self-Service Menu > MyFinancialAid > Financial Aid Self Service and your Sandburg email account.

  5. Complete and upload to the Financial Aid Office any required documents on My Financial Aid.

  6. Continue to monitor your mySandburg account for additional requests. Once processing is complete, we will notify you via your Sandburg email account and post your offer letter on Financial Aid Self-Service.


Sandburg offers students the opportunity to add one or more authorized users (called a Proxy), which allows the authorized user to make online payments on your behalf and access financial aid documents and awarding information. The authorized user will receive a separate login and password to access the account. 

Authorized users do not have access to your stored payment methods, academic records, grades, personal emails or other personal information. Making your parents (or other individuals you authorize) an authorized user does not give Sandburg staff permission to discuss your student account records with your authorized user.

The student controls what the user can access.Set up an authorized user to act on your behalf today. If you have any questions, please contact us at 309.341.5289.


Pell six-year limit

Federal Pell Grant eligibility is limited to six years at full-time enrollment. Once a student has reached the lifetime eligibility, the student may qualify for other types of financial aid but will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant. Pell Grant received for dual credit counts toward the six-year limit. 


Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant is a federal program for undergraduate students. The data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is used in determining Pell Grant eligibility. If the family has a change in circumstances, such as a loss of job or income that impacts the ability to pay, contact our office to discuss special conditions.

Pell adjustment for part-time enrollment

Pell is adjusted for part-time enrollment. If the student is registered for 9-11 hours, the Pell grant will be approximately 3/4 of the award amount, 6-8 hours will be approximately 1/2 of the award amount, and less than 6 hours Pell will be approximately 1/4 of the award amount.

Summer eligibility

Students are automatically reviewed for summer awards and notified of any eligibility in March. 


Payment of financial aid/disbursement

The Business Office will automatically deduct incurred costs (tuition, fees, lab costs, and other authorized charges such as books and supplies, etc.) out of the financial aid that is credited to the student's account. Any remaining financial aid is refunded to the student approximately two weeks after the semester begins.

Getting books and supplies

If the Pell Grant exceeds the cost of tuition and fees, the excess will be available at the bookstore. Books may be charged to financial aid approximately three weeks before the start of the semester. Book charge dates are available here. Students may elect book rental or ebooks as an option to lower costs. ISBNs for required books are available on the college website under class search or through the bookstore webpage.

Satisfactory academic progress

Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average (C average) in college courses and complete 67% of all hours attempted in order to receive future financial aid. View the complete Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.   

Student consumer information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees and the public. 



Financial Aid Office
Galesburg campus, E101