Congress’s 2012 appropriations legislation had some notable eligibility changes to financial aid policy including:
1. Effective immediately and retroactively, students are only eligible for six full-time years of the Pell Grant vs. what used to be 9 years.
2. Students who have only passed an Ability to Benefit test (those who don’t have a GED or high school diploma, or who weren’t homeschooled) will no longer be eligible for federal aid.
3. The family income and expected family contribution scales have shifted slightly, knocking some students out of eligibility. So students who received small grants might become ineligible.
Are you aware of these changes to student federal aid?
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