Types of Financial Aid

Types of Federal Student Aid:


Federal Grant Information 

A Federal Pell Grant does not need to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or a professional degree. Amounts can change yearly. For the 2017-2018 award (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), the maximum award is $5,920. Determination of a student’s award is based on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The CPS calculates a student’s EFC based on the 2015 tax data, number in college and number in family. The financial aid office will adjust the Federal Pell Grant based on the student’s enrollment. 

You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense. 

Pell Lifetime Limit 

Effective July 1, 2012, a student can receive no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent of approximately six years. The Department of Education will notify you when you are getting close to your limit. The Financial Aid staff will assist the student if there are any questions about Pell Lifetime Limit.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) 

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded as a grant to students with exceptional financial need (determined by the FAFSA), and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants and have demonstrated the highest financial need.

How to Apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria to receive federal aid
  • Pell eligible
  • Enrolled Full-time
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)


The maximum amount a student may receive is $1,000 per academic year

Disbursement (Payment)

The FSEOG award is applied to the student’s account once a semester.

The FSEOG Program provides need-based grants to help low-income undergraduate students finance the costs of postsecondary education. Utilizing 34 CFR 676, the Financial Aid Office, when making FSEOG awards gives priority to those students with ‘exceptional need’ (those with the lowest Expected Family Contributions) and those who are also receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

Westmoreland applies each year for an FSEOG allocation by submitting a Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate (FISAP) to the U.S. Department of Education. Using a statutory formula, the Department allocates funds based on the institution’s previous funding level and the aggregate need of eligible students in attendance in the prior year. The minimum required institutional share is typically twenty-five percent (25%) of the total funds (federal and institutional combined) made available to student recipients. Westmoreland County Community College qualifies for the 2018-2019 waiver of institutional share requirement by being designated an eligible school under Title III/V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The institution retains the right to continue providing an institutional share as determined.

Types of State Student Aid:

Why should you have an Account Access account?

  1. Complete a PA State Grant Form
  2. View State Grant Status
  3. Update Enrollment Info

To request reconsideration of State Grant eligibility based on special family circumstances, or to update enrollement data, select the proper form from link below. Refer to submission deadlines found on each form. Go to www.pheaa.org, select the funding opportunites then state grant program and forms