ED AND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO SPREAD WORD ABOUT PELL GRANT ELIGIBILITY

Citing high levels of unemployment related to the pandemic, the Department of ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education announced that the Department will be partnering with states’ Labor Departments to make Unemployment Insurance recipients aware of their potential eligibility for Pell Grants if they go back to school.

ED reminded institutions of their authority to make adjustments to reduce a student’s and/or parent’s Adjusted Gross income on the FAFSA. Under this authority to use Professional Judgment, a financial aid administrator can use recent documentation of unemployment, such as an unemployment verification letter, online unemployment insurance account records from the state unemployment agency, or other supporting records, to set to zero the income earned from work for a student and/or parent and to make other needed adjustments to Adjusted Gross Income, allowing students and families to receive maximum Pell Grant funding.

Remember to adequately document your PJ decisions and keep supporting documents on file.