Federal and state grants are available and generally do not have to be paid back. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is necessary to determine eligibility for these grants. The following grants are awarded on the basis of financial need to undergraduates who have not yet received a four-year degree.
Federal Grant Programs
Federal Pell Grant
Students at Pierpont who have not received a Bachelor's degree may be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant based on calculated financial need. Federal Pell is a grant that does not need to be repaid.
This grant program is based on financial need as determined by completion of a FAFSA each year and the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled on the last day of the add/drop period. Any enrollment changes must be reported to the Financial Aid Office. You must also comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2014-2015 year is $5,730.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Pell-eligible students (see above) at Pierpont may also be eligible for an additional grant under the SEOG program. This grant program is based on financial need as determined by completion of a FAFSA each year. SEOG is awarded primarily to students with exceptionally high financial need. You must be a Pell Grant eligible undergraduate student and have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. Awards vary as funds are limited. You must also comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
State Grant Programs
Pierpont currently receives funds from the States of: West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. You should check with your state’s education office or your high school counselor to see if they allow you to use your state grant funds in a state other than your home state.
West Virginia Higher Education Grant
The West Virginia Higher Education Grant is a need-based financial aid program designed to ensure that West Virginia students are given an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education and is awarded by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Awards are based on demonstrated financial need and generally may be used in conjunction with other forms of state, federal, and institutional financial aid.
The award amount is approximately 70 percent of tuition and designated fees for eligible WV residents and can vary depending on your financial need. This grant is available only to full-time undergraduates who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. It can only be renewed for seven terms.
Graduating High School Seniors must complete a FAFSA each year by April 15. Older adult students may have up to June 15 to submit their FAFSA to be considered for the State Grant. Students who have previously received the grant must complete 24 credit hours between the fall and spring terms and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0. Students must also comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
WV Higher Education Assistance for Part Time Students (HEAPS) Grant
The goal of the Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant Program is to encourage and enable West Virginia students with demonstrated financial need to continue their education on a part-time basis at the post-secondary level.
This is a grant awarded to Pierpont based on funding provided by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The award amount varies and funding is limited. This grant is available only to part-time students enrolled in at least 3 credit hours, but not more than 11. To be eligible, you must have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. You must complete a FAFSA each year and have financial need. Students must also comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
ALL FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDS ARE SUBJECT TO BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS.