Dual Credit Pell at Carl Sandburg College

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Carl Sandburg College to participate in an experimental program that allows students enrolled in dual credit classes to receive Pell Grants. The Pell Grant program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. The maximum award is $6195 for the 2019-20 academic year. To apply for Pell, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). For more information, go to Dual Credit for High School Students.

When to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Apply between October 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021 
  • Use Income from 2018
  • Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
  • Apply between October 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022 
  • Use Income from 2019
  • Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022

Get Help Completing The FAFSA®

We provide individual assistance to complete the FAFSA® in person and on the phone. Call 309.341.5283 for assistance.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply for admission to Carl Sandburg College. Online Application
  2. Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (if dependent). This is a one-time process. The FSA ID provides access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and will serve as the legal signature. Create an FSA ID.  The following video is helpful in understanding the requirements to set up an FSA ID.  Instructional Video – How to Create an FSA ID.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sandburg's Federal School code is 007265. Students may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is used to award federal, state, and some institutional aid.
  4. Monitor the Financial Aid status at mySandburg/Self-Service Menu/MyFinancialAid/Financial Aid Self Service and the student's Sandburg email account. 
  5. Complete and submit any required documents on My Financial Aid.
  6. Once processing is complete we will email the student's Sandburg email account and post the offer letter on Financial Aid Self Service.


Sandburg offers students the opportunity to add one or more authorized users (called a Proxy) which allows the authorized user to make online payments on your behalf and access financial aid documents and awarding information.  The authorized user will receive a separate login and password to access the account. 

Authorized users do not have access to your stored payment methods, academic records, grades, personal emails, or other personal information. Making your parents (or other individuals you authorize) an authorized user does not give Sandburg staff permission to discuss your student account records with your authorized user.

The student controls what the user can access.  To set up an authorized user to act on your behalf, follow the instructions on the link below.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 309.341.5289.

Proxy Setup Instructions

Pell 6 Year Limit

Federal Pell Grant Eligibility is limited to 6 years at full- time enrollment. Once a student has reached the Lifetime Eligibility the student may qualify for other types of financial aid but will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant. Pell Grant received for Dual Credit counts toward the six-year limit.

Example of Pell Six-Year Limit Calculation



Pell Used

Dual Credit Junior Fall 6 credits


Dual Credit Junior Spring 6 credits


Dual Credit Summer 6 credits


Dual Credit Senior Fall 6 credits


Dual Credit Senior Spring 6 credits


Completed 1 year college work 30 cr


College Full Time Full Year Sophomore


College Full Time Full Year Junior


College Full Time Full Year Senior


TOTAL Pell Used



Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant is a federal program for undergraduate students. The data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is used in determining Pell Grant eligibility.   If the family has a change in circumstances such as a loss of job or income that impacts the ability to pay, contact our office to discuss Special Conditions.

Pell Grant

Pell is adjusted for part-time enrollment. For planning purposes, if the student is registered for 9-11 hours the Pell grant will be approximately 3/4 of the award amount, 6-8 hours will be approximately 1/2 of the award amount, and less than 6 hours Pell will be approximately 1/4 of the award amount.

Summer Eligibility

Students are automatically reviewed for summer awards and notified of any eligibility in March. Pell awards for summer are based on remaining eligibility. Students who use all of their federal Pell Grant in the fall and spring semesters may be eligible to receive a full federal Pell Grant in the summer term under the Year-Round Pell option. To be eligible you must:

  • Be Pell Grant Eligible
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • in most cases, enrolled at least half-time (6+ credit hours)
  • if you were full-time and received a full federal Pell Grant in the fall and spring, you must enroll for at least six credit hours in summer classes to receive summer, Pell.
  • If you were part-time in fall and spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a Pell Grant.
  • Please note that your Pell Grant award will be based on your EFC enrollment status


Payment of Financial Aid/Disbursement

The Business Office will automatically deduct incurred costs (tuition, fees, lab costs, and other authorized charges such as books and supplies, etc.) out of the financial aid that is credited to the student's account. Any remaining financial aid is refunded to the student approximately two weeks after the semester begins.

Getting Books and Supplies

If the Pell Grant exceeds the cost of tuition and fees, the excess will be available at the Bookstore. Books may be charged to financial aid approximately three weeks before the start of the semester. Book charge dates are posted each semester located in the financial aid office, admissions, and bookstore.  Students may elect book rental or e-books as an option to lower costs. ISBN’s for required books are available on the college website under class search or through the bookstore webpage.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average (C average) in college courses and complete 67% of all hours attempted in order to receive future financial aid. The complete Satisfactory Progress policy is provided here: 
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public. This information is available here:  Student Consumer Information



Financial Aid Office
Location: Main Campus E101
Phone: 309.341.5283
Email: finaid@sandburg.edu