Federal Aid

Students have the ability to apply for federal aid by completing the FAFSA each year. Eligibility for federal aid includes:

  • be a U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen
  • be enrolled at least half-time
  • not have defaulted or owe a refund to any previous aid program
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress 

There are a few different categories of federal aid including grants, loans, and work study. Grants and work study funds will not have to be repaid, however federal student loans must be repaid. 

Different types of federal aid:

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate, degree-seeking students with financial need and an eligible GPA. The amount of aid you may receive depends on your financial need, the cost of attendance at your school, and enrollment status.

Up to $6,345 per year

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)

FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate, degree-seeking students with exceptional need and an eligible GPA. This grant is reserved for eligible out-of-state students.

Up to $1,000 per year

FEDERAL TEACH GRANT

The Federal TEACH Grant is a program for which full-time day undergraduate students, seeking first degree in Education, with an eligible GPA can apply. Students are required to teach in a high-need field at a low-income school for four years post graduation. Students must have also successfully passed the First Screening process and formally been accepted into the Education program. Eligible Education majors include Secondary Education/Mathematics and Elementary Education (with minor in Exceptional Student Education, Mathematics, or Science).

Up to $3,764 per year

FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS)

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a government program that helps provide part-time employment to students with financial need. Eligibility for FWS is based on the information reported on the FAFSA. Determine if you are eligible on your myPBA account or contact the Financial Aid Office.

Award is earned

DIRECT SUBSIDIZED LOANS

Direct Subsidized loans are awarded to all eligible students who demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. No interest accrues while a student is in enrolled at least half-time, during the grace period, or deferment periods.

Amounts vary

DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED LOANS

Direct Unsubsidized loans are awarded to all eligible students who submit the FAFSA and are enrolled at least half-time. Interest accrues once the loans are disbursed, even during the grace period or deferment periods.

Amounts vary

DIRECT PLUS LOANS

Direct PLUS loans are unsubsidized loans available to the parents of dependent students and to graduate/professional students. PLUS loans help pay for educational expenses that are not covered by other financial aid. Eligibility is based submission of the FAFSA and a soft credit check.

Amounts are requested