Pell grants are given to financially weak undergraduate students in US. This grant is available to students of bachelor’s degree or some skill based training program. Since, students are not required to repay this grant; it is very useful for them. It can help them pay for their college fees and other expenses required for pursuing the program.
If you to want Pell Grant, then it is necessary to fill its application form very carefully. This will increase your chances of getting this grant. To get the application form, you can visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. The deadline for filling the application form is June 30, 2014.
Tips To Fill The Application Form
As this grant is offered on first come first basis, you should submit your application form as early as possible. You can also fill and submit the form online to save time. For filling the form online, you have to register on the FAFSA website to obtain the PIN (Personal Identification Number). Parents of dependent students should also apply for the PIN. The applications that are submitted online are processed earlier than those received by post.
Keep All Documents At Hand
You should keep all the documents that you have to submit along with the Pell grant application form, at hand. This will help you in completing the application process early. The documents that are required are –
• Driving License
• Social Security Number
• W-2 forms
• Bank statements
• Investments and debts statements
• Parents’ income tax returns (for dependent students)
• Self income tax returns (for independent students)
• Spouse income tax returns (if married)
Some other documents may also be required depending on the kind of program you are pursuing and other special conditions, if any.
File Your Taxes
You must file your taxes early, as you have to give the tax information in your Pell grant application form. This will help you in filling and submitting the form early. If filing the taxes early is not possible, you should keep ready the estimate for the same so that you can fill the application form. You can show the income tax returns later.
Read The Instructions
You should carefully read the instructions for filling up the application form. This will ensure that you fill your form correctly. You should check whether you fall in the category of dependent or independent student. A little carelessness can waste all your efforts.
Fill the worksheet and then the application form
The web worksheet allows you to see and answer all the questions before filling the form on the website. Once you have filled the worksheet, you can copy the data to the website. You are required to give your personal and family information. You have to answer few questions on your aspirations.
If you keep the above tips in mind, you will be able to successfully fill your Pell grant application form. If you need additional help Princeton Review’s Paying for College Without Going Broke is a good guide with line-by-line instructions for completing the FAFSA.