A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students with exceptional financial need, as defined by the FAFSA. Both full-time and part-time students can receive a Pell grant, provided they meet the eligibility requirements, below.
The U.S. Department of Education has established regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories.
Students that have received a Federal Grant at multiple institutions in the past three academic years are flagged as having unusual enrollment. Once flagged, the Financial Aid office must take action and review the prior academic history to determining federal financial aid eligibility for that student. Therefore, Pell-eligible students that transferred to Buffalo State from one or more instructions previously may become ineligible for aid if they withdraw from Buffalo State and do not earn any academic credit. Learn more about Unusual Enrollment History.
More information about the Federal Pell Grant is available at StudentAid.gov.
The Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a campus-based, federal grant program that does not need to be repaid. Campus-based programs are managed by individual campuses and have limited funding which makes it important that students file their FAFSA as soon as possible. New FAFSA applications become available every year on October 1st.
|Lifetime Limit||None; but the student must remain eligible for a Pell grant which does have a lifetime limit.|
More information about the Federal Pell Grant is available at StudentAid.Gov.
Student veterans and dependents of veterans may be eligible to use their education benefits at Buffalo State. In many instances, veterans benefits may cover all of tuition. However, students are still encouraged to apply for federal and state financial aid as they may qualify for additional help.
Students receiving Chapter 33 benefits must have their enrollment certified by Buffalo State for every semester in which they are trying to use benefits. Therefore, it is very important student-veterans work closely with the Veterans and Military Services Office.
All veterans and dependents of veterans that have questions about their benefits or the application process should contact:
Veterans and Military Services Office
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Cleveland Hall 210
Buffalo, NY 14222
Tel: (716) 878-5907
Fax: (716) 878-5930
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