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Dual Credit Pell Guidelines


Dual Credit Pell at Carl Sandburg College

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Carl Sandburg College to participate in an experimental program that allows students enrolled in dual credit classes to receive Pell Grants. The Pell Grant program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. The maximum award for which you could qualify, depending on need and hours enrolled, is $5815 for the 2016-17 academic year. To apply for Pell, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


When to Apply for Financial Aid


Application Begins

Tax Information to Report


January 1, 2016



October 1, 2016


The federal financial aid application dates will see a major shift starting with 2016-17.  Students will begin filing the FAFSA on Oct 1 each year and will report income from two years prior. 


Get Help Completing The FAFSA

We provide individual assistance to complete the FAFSA in person and on the phone. Call 309.341.5283 for assistance.


Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for admission to Carl Sandburg College. Online Application
  2. Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (if dependent). This is a one-time process. The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and will serve as your legal signature. Create an FSA ID.  The following video is helpful in understanding the requirements to set up an FSA ID.  Instructional Video – How to Create an FSA ID.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sandburg's Federal School code is 007265. You may complete the FAFSA online via the internet at The FAFSA is used to award federal, state and some institutional aid.
  4. Monitor your Financial Aid status at mySANDBURG/Self-Service Menu/MyFinancialAid/Financial Aid Self Service and your Sandburg email account. 
  5. Complete and submit any required documents on My Financial Aid.
  6. Once processing is complete we will email your Sandburg email account and post your award letter on Financial Aid Self Service.

Parent Access to Financial Aid and Billing

Sandburg offers students the opportunity to add one or more authorized users to the student account for financial aid and billing purposes. The authorized user is called a Proxy. The student controls what the user can access. To set up a proxy to act on your behalf, follow the instructions on our website under Applying for Aid. If you have any questions, please contact us at 309.341.5260.  

Proxy Setup Instructions


Pell 6 Year Limit

Federal Pell Grant Eligibility is limited to 6 years at full- time enrollment. Once a student has reached the Lifetime Eligibility the student may qualify for other types of financial aid but will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant. Pell Grant received for Dual Credit counts toward the six-year limit.

Example of Pell Six Year Limit Calculation


Pell Used

Dual Credit Junior Fall 6 credits


Dual Credit Junior Spring 6 credits


Dual Credit Summer 6 credits


Dual Credit Senior Fall 6 credits


Dual Credit Senior Spring 6 credits


Completed 1 year college work 30 cr


College Full Time Full Year Sophomore


College Full Time Full Year Junior


College Full Time Full Year Senior


TOTAL Pell Used



Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant is a federal program for undergraduate students. The data you provide on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used in determining your Pell Grant eligibility.   If you have a change in circumstances such as a loss of job or income that impacts your ability to pay, contact our office to discuss Special Conditions. 


Pell Grant

Pell is adjusted for part-time enrollment. For planning purposes, if you are registered for 9-11 hours your Pell grant will be 3/4 of the award amount, 6-8 hours will be 1/2 of the award amount, and less than 6 hours your Pell will be 1/4 of the award amount. 


Summer Eligibility

Students are automatically reviewed for summer awards and notified of any eligibility in March. Pell awards for summer are based on remaining eligibility. Students who are full time fall and spring semesters will not have remaining funds for summer. 


Payment of Financial Aid/Disbursement

The Business Office will automatically deduct incurred costs (tuition, fees, lab costs, and other authorized charges such as books and supplies, etc.) out of the financial aid that is credited to your account. Any remaining financial aid is refunded to you approximately two weeks after the semester begins.


Getting your Books and Supplies

If your Pell Grant exceeds the cost of tuition and fees, the excess will be available at the Bookstore. Books may be charged to financial aid approximately three weeks before the start of the semester. Book charge dates are posted each semester located in the financial aid office, admissions and bookstore.  You may choose book rental or e-books as an option to lower your costs. ISBN’s for required books are available on the college website under class search or through the bookstore webpage.


Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 grade point average (C average) in college courses and complete 67% of all hours attempted in order to receive future financial aid. The complete Satisfactory Progress policy is provided here:


Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public. This information is available here:


Contact Us

For more information

Financial Aid Office

2400 Tom Wilson Blvd

Galesburg, IL  61401

Located: Building E

Phone: 309.341.5283