Grants (Types of Financial Aid)

  • Pell Grant (FPELL)

    A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.  This grant may be applied to tuition, fees, and books.  This grant is available to eligible undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible program (at least 16 credit hours) and demonstrating financial need.  To determine your need please apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  The amount of Federal Pell Grant a student may receive is dependent on their financial need, costs to attend school, status as full-time or part-time student and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.  The maximum Federal Pell Grant amount for the 2015-2016 award year is $5,775.

    Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school during the same semester, and must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to qualify.

    Grants are disbursed around midterm of the semester. Please allow one to two weeks after the disbursement date for payments to be applied to your student account. In the case of a credit balance, remaining funds will be applied to your BankMobile card deposit choice. Students may request a Pell advancement in person with the Office of Financial Aid. To determine if an advancement is the student’s best option, students will be required to complete the request form and provide information on the academic expense to which the advancement will be applied.

  • Year-Round Pell Grant (FPell)

    The U.S. Department of Education has announced that students may be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funding for the summer semester. This allows a student to receive federal Pell Grant funds up to 150 percent of the student’s annual Pell Grant for an award year. MCC will implement Year Round Pell Grants beginning in the summer of 2018 (SU18).
    To be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds:

    • Student must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period (SU18);
    • Student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) in the payment period (SU18); and
    • Student must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

    Please review the following examples to help with determining eligibility for an additional Pell Grant award.

    Scenario 1Fall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
    Enrollment12 hours12 hours12 hours
    Pell Award$2960 (50%)$2960 (50%)$2960 (50%)
    Scenario 2Fall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
    Enrollment12 hours12 hours 6 hours
    Pell Award$2960 (50%)$2960 (50%)$1480 (25%)
    Scenario 3Fall 2017Spring 2018Summer 2018
    Enrollment12 hours12 hours3 hours
    Pell Award$2960 (50%)$2960 (50%)0 (0%)

    Important Note: The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a federal law to be 600 percent. If a student's lifetime eligibility used (LEU) equals or exceeds 600 percent, the student may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Students can log on to www.nslds.ed.gov to view their Pell Grant LEU.

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

    The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant does not have to be repaid.  This grant may be applied to tuition or fees.  The grant is available to eligible undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible program (at least 16 credit hours) and demonstrating the most financial need.  To determine your need please apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. The maximum amount of this award at MCC is $400 per award year.  Funding for this program is limited and is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.  Only U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens will qualify for FSEOG.

  • Illinois Monetary Award Program Grant (SMAP)

    The Illinois Monetary Award Program Grant does not have to be repaid.  This grant may be applied to tuition.  The grant is available to students showing Illinois residency and are attending an Illinois school, enrolled in a minimum of 3 credit hours, and demonstrate financial need. To determine your need please apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.  The maximum amount of this award at MCC is dependent on the student’s eligibility and enrollment status.  Funding for this program is limited and is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Independent students must show they were an Illinois resident one full year prior to the first day of classes for fall term of the award year in question. Dependent student’s parent(s) must show Illinois residency as of the date the student’s FAFSA was filed.


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