Grants are free forms of student financial aid. Most grants do not require repayment, though some grants may need to be repaid if you drop, withdraw from, or fail courses. Grant eligibility is based on the information you provide on your FAFSA and grant amounts are determined based on the number of credit hours you take.

The full offered grant amount may be available to you only if you are attending full time (12 or more credit hours) during a semester.  Grant amounts are reduced or prorated when you take fewer than 12 credits.  Full-time enrollment is not required to receive grant funding. 

Colorado Student Grant (CSG)

This state program provides funds to Colorado residents with high need. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours and awards are prorated based on your enrollment. Funding is limited and generally awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is designed to benefit eligible undergraduate students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree and have a demonstrated financial need based on the results of your FAFSA.

Congress sets the maximum award amount for the Federal Pell Grant each year. If you transfer to CCD during the academic year, your eligibility will be determined individually based on the amount of any Pell funds you received at previous colleges.

Pell Grant award amounts are adjusted (prorated) for part-time enrollment. Lifetime limits apply.  Federal regulations limit your eligibility to the equivalent of 12 semesters (6 years) of full-time enrollment (or 600 percent) for your lifetime. You can track your remaining Pell Grant lifetime eligibility at the National Student Loan Data System for Students.

You may only qualify for Pell funds during a summer semester if you did not attend full time during the fall and spring semesters for that academic year.

Additional Federal Pell Grant Requirements

  • If you are currently on a financial aid academic plan due to the number of credits that you have attempted at CCD, your enrollment must follow the approved courses listed on DegreeWorks.
  • In order to ensure you receive a Pell Grant, it is important to attend six or more credit hours. If your expected family contribution (EFC) is over $4,500, please check with the Financial Aid office to see what your Pell eligibility is based on your expected attendance.
  • Pell Grants will be adjusted for enrollment if you are taking fewer than 12 credit hours. If you are taking 9-11 credit hours, you may* receive about 75 percent of the offered full-time award. For 6-8 credit hours, you may* receive 50 percent of the offered full-time award.  The Federal Pell Grant is the only form of federal student aid that you may* receive if you are taking fewer than 6 credits.  *Eligibility is based on your EFC.
  • You are ineligible to receive any federal, state, or institutional funds if you are not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements (SAP). 
  • You must be seeking a degree or certificate that is 16 credits or more in length to qualify for any federal funding.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG Grant is reserved for those students with exceptional need and is only awarded to Pell recipients. Funding is limited and priority is given to students with a low EFC on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours to be eligible for FSEOG. Award amounts are prorated based on enrollment.

Important Note on Grants

Any award amounts listed on your award letter or award summary online are based on full-time enrollment. Most student financial aid award amounts (not including federal direct student loans) will be adjusted or prorated for half- and three-quarter-time enrollment and award amounts are subject to change.