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Verify Enrollment for Federal Pell Grant Recipients


Federal law requires that payment of the Federal Pell Grant be based on the student’s enrollment status. In addition, activity must be documented in all coursework counted in the enrollment status. The university, in collaboration with the instructors, must determine that the student was active in each course they were paid Federal Pell Grant for. At the time the university verifies activity, discovery of failure to attend a course in which the student received a failing grade may require that the Grant be recalculated based on the lower enrollment status.  

“Activity” is determined as follows:  

For students attending classes on campus: 

  • Document physical attendance in the classroom 
  • Quiz, exam, assignment, paper, report or group project, study group participation 
  • In person meeting with instructor or email discussing specific subject matter of the course 
  • Blackboard discussion thread or submitted assignment 

 For students taking courses online

  • Participating in an online discussion thread 
  • Quiz, exam, assignment or paper 
  • Email communication with the instructor discussing specific subject matter of the course 

Note - Logging on to Blackboard to access notes or the syllabus, telephone correspondence or sending an email to the instructor asking to make up assignments or quizzes is NOT acceptable activity.  

  1. Instructors are required to document your last date of activity for all dropped or failed courses. 
  2. If activity is not able to be documented for either a dropped or failed course, even though you remain enrolled, your Pell Grant may need to be adjusted.

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