So I know many of you know what a Pell Grant is but I thought I'd share my experience.
I am a transfer student from CA to Wisconsin. I finished my 1st semester last Christmas and I begin my 2nd semester next week. I had some downtime at work a few weeks ago and the thought came to my mind to apply for a grant... figured it couldn't hurt.
For the question that asked how much money did I make last year I selected the smallest amount. I was expecting for some kind of verification of how much money I made or how much money my parents made and to my surprise... they wasn't any.
I got an email yesterday saying I was awarded $5,550. I went on my school's tuition payment website and the money was directly deposited into my tuition account.
That $5,550 was to pay for 2 semesters, fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. Yes they sent me money for a semester that has already been completed!!!
The tuition for this coming spring was around $4,000 so the extra $1,550 will be mailed to me in the form of a check from the school! She said I can do what ever I want with the money... buy a car, get drunk, buy school books. They don't care. Just be sure to keep a 2.0 or better.
I just got off the phone with the financial aid office to verify that this was NOT a loan and I do NOT need to repay it. I am in complete shock that I just scored that cash!
If you have the time I recommend doing the leg work of getting a grant. Whats the worst that could happen... scoring $5,550?
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I don't think OP did anything wrong (apart from posting in the Hot Deals forum). I did the same thing in college. We were pretty poor and I qualified for a PG, got a huge check every semester because the grant was way more than I needed.
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