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Grants do not need to be repaid if you meet all of the conditions of the award.

Pell Grants

The most common of the federal grants, the Pell Grant is an entitlement grant based on financial need. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the end result of completing the FAFSA and is used as an index to determine your eligibility for the Pell Grant. Only students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree may be awarded a Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is a federal grant available to a limited number of first-time undergraduate degree-seeking students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. You’ll apply for this grant through the FAFSA. To be eligible for an FSEOG award, you must also be awarded a Pell Grant. Funding is limited, so submit your FAFSA by Boise State’s priority date have a greater chance of receiving the award.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made.

Please review the following form or contact our office for further information on eligibility.

Pell Grant Policies

Adjustments between first disbursement and the first Pell Recalculation Date

  • Your initial Pell Grant is awarded on the assumption you will be full-time. Before your aid first disburses for the semester, the number of financial aid eligible credits is reviewed. If you are enrolled in fewer than 12 credits, your Pell Grant will be adjusted.
  • Waitlisted classes are excluded from your Pell Grant eligibility until you are officially enrolled in the class and it appears on your schedule.
  • It’s smart to add classes before you drop classes so you can avoid an inadvertent withdrawal for the semester. The Registrar’s Office has an Enrollment Swap function that allows you to exchange two courses without having to drop one class to add another.
  • If you add or drop a class after your Pell Grant has disbursed, your student account will immediately reflect any resulting changes to student fees, yet the Pell Grant adjustments will be delayed
  • You may have a visible balance or refund on your student account until your enrollment is reviewed again.

Pell Recalculation Date (PRD)

  • Pell recalculation refers to the process of reviewing Pell recipients’ enrollment changes during the semester and adjusting the Pell grant to reflect current enrollment.
  • Any classes added after your Pell Recalculation Date (PRD) for the semester typically are excluded when determining your Pell Grant eligibility.
  • Your Pell Recalculation Date is based on your individual enrollment.  See the table below for the date when your Pell grant may be recalculated.  
    • Be sure to enroll in any classes that start prior to the first PRD before it passes for them to be included in Pell Grant eligibility.

Fall 2021

SessionFall 2021
Session Start and End Dates
Pell Recalculation Date (PRD)
Regular 15-week8/23/21 - 12/10/219/03/2021*

Students will begin to see their adjusted aid on their student account at the end of the same week.
1st 5-week8/23/21 - 09/24/21
1st 7-week8/23/21 - 10/08/21
1st 10-week8/23/21 - 10/29/21
2nd 5-week9/27/21 - 10/29/2111/04/2021*

Students will begin to see their adjusted aid on their student account at the end of the same week.
2nd 7-week10/18/21 - 12/10/21
2nd 10-week9/27/21 -12/10/21
3rd 5-week11/01/21 - 12/10/21
Special SessionsVaries, but any that start after 09/03/21

Spring 2022

SessionSpring 2022 Session Start and End DatesPell Recalculation Date (PRD)

Regular 15-week01/10/22 - 04/29/2201/24/22*

Students will begin to see their adjusted aid on their student account at the end of the same week.
1st 5-week01/10/22 - 02/11/22
1st 7-week01/10/22 - 02/25/22
1st 10-week01/10/22 - 03/18/22
2nd 5-week02/14/22 - 03/18/2203/30/22*

Students will begin to see their adjusted aid on their student account at the end of the same week.
2nd 7-week03/07/22 - 04/29/22
2nd 10-week02/14/22 - 04/29/22
3rd 5-week03/29/22 - 04/29/22
Special SessionsVaries, but any that start after 01/24/22

Pell Grant is based upon your enrollment and attendance

  • Your Pell Grant award is based on the assumption that you attend and participate in educational activities for all of your enrolled classes. Pell Grant amounts are adjusted for non-attendance in courses.
  • Your Pell Grant award will be recalculated and reduced if you drop below the financial aid eligible credits you had in place at 11:59 p.m. on your Pell Recalculation Date for situations where:
    1. You drop a class or workshop before it starts
    2. You drop without a “W”
    3. You drop with a “W” and your attendance cannot be documented
    4. You do not attend a class
    5. Your professor is unable to document your attendance in a class
    6. You receive an “F” and your professor reports that you never attended
  • Be aware of your status if you enroll in sequenced classes within the same semester. If passing a class is required to continue in the sequence, your financial aid credit load will be reduced if you fail to meet the prerequisites for the next class and are administratively dropped from the class.