Grants - Late Start Courses and Disbursement
Late Start Courses and Pell Grants
Pell Grants are awarded in quarter increments—less than half time (1-5 credits), half time (6-8 credits), three quarter time (9-11 credits), and full time (12+ credits). That means that if you haven't started all your classes by the posted disbursement dates, a portion of your Pell Grant will be delayed. Typically, when you begin attending your late start course you will receive a disbursement 1-2 weeks from the course's start date. Receiving an additional disbursement is contingent upon your total number of credits increasing by a whole quarter increment. See examples below.
Lucy enrolls in a total of 12 credits. At the beginning of the semester, she attends 9 of her 12 credits. Later in the semester, she begins to attend her other 3 credit class. This moves her from three-quarter time to full time enrollment status. She receives her additional Pell disbursement 1-2 weeks after starting the course.
Arnold enrolls in a total of 12 credits. At the beginning of the semester, he attends 9 of his 12 credits. A month into school, he starts a 1 credit P.E. course. He does not receive an additional disbursement because he is still at three-quarter time status with 10 active credits. Two months from the time school starts, Arnold begins attending his last 2 credits. He receives a disbursement 1-2 weeks after starting the course.