Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is available for students working on their first bachelor’s degree who demonstrate financial need. Financial need is determined based on the University’s published Cost of Attendance (COA) minus the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Award amounts are published by the U.S. Department of Education, and based on the student’s enrollment status.

Effective July 1, 2012, the Pell Grant lifetime duration of eligibility has been set to six full years/600%. You are able to view your Pell Grant history in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Pell Grant amounts are subject to change yearly. The current maximum award amount for 2016–17 year (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017) is $5,815 and the maximum award amount for the 2017-18 year is $5,920. In addition, students may not receive a Federal Pell Grant at more than one school at a time.

How is my Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) calculated? Click here to learn more.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) (Available 2018-19 Academic Year)

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to Pell-eligible students who demonstrate exceptional need. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least six credits to receive this grant. It is important to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible because this grant is limited.

Award amounts will depend on the allotment that Florida Polytechnic University receives from the U.S. Department of Education and the number of students who demonstrate exceptional financial need.

Students must reapply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The priority deadline to complete the FAFSA is January 1. The Office of Financial Aid will award SEOG to students who demonstrate the highest need first. The FAFSA must have a valid EFC number to be considered; this will require a successful completion of the FAFSA.

Federal Work Study

What is Federal Work Study (FWS)?
FWS is a need-based grant, used to create part-time university jobs. Students that accept a position as a Federal Work Study are paid wages through this need-based grant, in exchange for working with Florida Polytechnic University.

How does a student qualify for FWS?

  • Must have a current year, error free, and verified FAFSA on file
  • Must meet standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Must have remaining financial need in their Cost of Attendance for the Academic Year
  • Must be attending at least part-time each semester (6 credit hours).

How many hours does an FWS student work?

FWS students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week (part time). However, the supervisor of your FWS position will advise the number of hours you will be schedule for.

How much do FWS students get paid?
Per Federal Policy, FWS must pay at least minimum wage of the State you are attending school. Florida minimum wage is currently $8.46. The position you apply for, or position supervisor, will advise you of the current pay rate.

How do I apply?
When positions are available, students can apply here.

How do I get paid?
Once you have started your position, you will be paid on a bi-weekly basis by the university. You bi-weekly pay will be based on the number of hours you have worked in that pay period.

What types of positions are available?
Depending on what has been posted to the job site, there are various forms of Federal Work Study Jobs that can be either On Campus or Off Campus. Some Department examples include:

  • Admissions Center
  • Cashier or Bursar
  • Laboratory Assistance
  • Academic Success Center
  • Student Development
  • Student Records
  • Off-campus Tutoring

Am I assured a position every year?
Unfortunately, no. Students must apply for their FAFSA every October 1 to ensure they that have financial need. Position availability may also depend on the amount of funding the Florida Poly receives each year. However, students that were awarded FWS in the prior year will be considered first for the same position.

I am unsure if I am eligible for Federal Work Study.  Who can I speak with?
Students may either call (863-874-4774), email, or visit the Office of Financial Aid during business hours. Our dedicated financial aid representatives will be more than happy to assist you with any of your financial aid inquiries.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • You are ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on your expected family contribution (but meet all other criteria to qualify for Pell);
  • Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11; and
  • You were under 24 years of age or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

Note: Additional documentation may be requested from the Financial Aid Department at Florida Polytechnic University.

The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year (July 1 – June 30), but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. Due to federal sequestration, award amounts for any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, must be reduced by 6.8 percent.

General Federal Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. Your FAFSA must be received and successfully processed by the federal processing system.
  • US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Registered with Selective Service, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • Enrolled at least half-time (six credits) in an eligible program of study