It all starts with filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office of the school you are attending determines the amount of aid you are eligible to receive based upon the information you provide on the FAFSA.
This one form not only determines Pell Grant eligibility, but also Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, College Work Study, and determines whether you are eligible to receive student loans.
In order to receive financial aid you must meet the following criteria:
Have financial need
Be enrolled in a degree program
Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Be registered with Selective Service, if required
Not be in default of a loan, or owe a repayment of any aid received
The earlier you fill out the FAFSA the better in order to determine eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, which must be filled out or renewed EVERY year in January. You may also qualify for a Rhode Island Higher Education Grant.
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You can start the process online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ OR, you can make an appointment to see a counselor at the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).
Foreign documents and school transcripts must be translated and evaluated. You can contact the Center for Educational Evaluation (CED) to start this process.