How Aid Is Packaged

2014-2015 Priority Packaging

In order to be considered for a priority packaging plan, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be processed by March 1st. Priority plans may include a work-study award and Federal loans will be offered based on your dependency and year in school.

If your FAFSA is processed after March 1, your award package will not include the additional grant shown in the graphs. Federal Pell Grants and loans will continue to be awarded after the deadline.

Final award eligibility will be determined by the following factors:

  • Financial aid file completion date
  • Expected Family Contribution
  • Cost of attendance (COA)
  • Residency
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment

An undergraduate resident student who meets the priority aid requirements will recieve a sum of Federal Pell and other grants according to her EFC. The proceeding chart illustrates the EFC tiers and their respective grant distributions.


An undergraduate non-resident student who meets the priority aid requirements will recieve the appropriate Federal Pell grant amount for her EFC and an additional $3600 in other grants if her EFC is below 2600.


A graduate student who meets the priority aid requirements will recieve institutional or state grants if her EFC is below 4600.


Non-Priority Packaging

Students who do not qualify for priority aid will receive packages containing loans and federal entitlements. Pell grants will be awarded as usual, but other state and institutional grants are not awarded. Pell grant amounts are illustrated as the black areas in the above graphs.