The Federal Pell Grant Program provides direct grants from the U. S. Department of Education to the undergraduate student for educational expenses. Since it is a grant program, the student does not have to repay the amounts received. No eligible student will be denied a Federal Pell Grant.

Effective July 1, 2012, the MAXIMUM period for which students may receive Pell Grant is 12 semesters. This calculation of the maximum number of semesters will include ALL years of the student’s receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding.

The award year at this institution begins the Fall Semester in each year and ends the Summer Term of the following year.

  • Priority Deadlines:
    • July 1st for Fall Semester
    • December 1st for Spring Semester
  • Annual Maximum Amount:
    • Up to $5,815
  • Funds disbursement for students:
    • Degree program: 50% Fall & Spring Semester
    • Certificate program: 50% Fall and 50% Spring or 50% Spring and 50% Summer.
  • Funds disbursement based on Credit Hours:
    • 12+ hours for 100%
    • 9-11 hours for 75%
    • 6-8 hours for 50%
    • Less than 6 hours 25%
  • To apply:
    • The student will need to create a FSA-ID. The FSA-ID has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN.
    • The student and if applicable parents and spouse must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).
    • Once the student has a valid Student Aid Report (SAR) or an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR), the Financial Aid Office uses the Department of Education guidelines to determine the amount of the award based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number on the SAR and the amount assigned to that number on the Pell Grant disbursement schedule for the current year.
  • Renewal Criteria:
    • Complete the FAFSA each year and make Satisfactory Academic Progress


The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher learning to establish standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving financial aid. Students must declare and be working on an approved major in order to receive financial aid. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)- GPA 2.0, 2/3 (67%) of credit hours attempted, and complete less than 150% of the program.

Required GPA levels for students according to number of hours attempted at the institution:

  • Students who have attempted 1 – 21 credit hours at the institution must maintain a 1.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Students who have attempted 22 – 32 credit hours at the institution must maintain a 1.75 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Students who have attempted 33 or more credit hours at the institution must maintain a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).

It should be noted that:

  • This institution does not determine eligibility requirements and amount for the Pell Grant.
  • Awards are made at the time a student has a complete financial aid file.
  • This institution verifies each SAR or ISIR that has been selected for verification.
  • All credit balances in the student Pell Grant accounts are disbursed after the 14 day from the 1st day of class each semester.


The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) will be awarded to eligible students with demonstrated exceptional financial need.  Students must be undergraduates enrolled in an eligible program leading to a degree or certificate at an eligible Institution.  Students must be enrolled at least one term to receive FSEOG.  Students must meet citizenship requirements as required for all Title IV Programs, as well as all other eligibility listed in the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook.  Priority for supplemental grants will be given to students with the lowest EFC. These students may receive Pell and FSEOG in the same term.

  • Funds disbursement based on Credit Hours: Minimum 6 hours
  • It should be noted that:
    • An FSEOG doesn’t have to be paid back
    • Students can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year
    • There is no guarantee every eligible student will receive an FSEOG


The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time employment to students who need the income to help meet the costs of post-secondary education. Work-study awards are made on a term basis depending on available funds.

Note: In ALL complete withdrawal cases, a student cannot continue to work under the Federal Work-Study Program after the date of withdrawal.

Selection of Students:The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is designed to offer students with a remaining financial need the opportunity to obtain work experience while pursuing a higher education. Students desiring to participate in the FWS program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a Pell eligible program
  • Be Pell eligible
  • Be a Pell recipient
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP)


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George Corley Wallace State Community College (Wallace Community College Selma)
3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway   P.O. Box 2530   Selma, Alabama 36702-2530  
Phone: 334-876-9227
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It is the official policy of the Alabama State Department of Education, including postsecondary institutions under the control of the Alabama Community College System and Board of Trustees, that no person in Alabama shall, on the grounds of race, color, handicap, sex, religion, marital status, creed national origin, or age, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.

George Corley Wallace State Community College (Wallace Community College Selma) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Wallace Community College Selma.

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