This guidance is specific to the 2024-25 award year and later.
Enrollment status is evaluated at the time of the Federal Pell Grant initial calculation or recalculation.
An initial calculation is defined in Volume 7 of the FSA Handbook as the first Federal Pell Grant calculation that is made on or after the date the school has received a student aid index (SAI) produced by the FAFSA Processing System (FPS), such as the student’s initial Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) with an official SAI, and uses the enrollment status at the time of the initial calculation. The date of the initial calculation is the date a Federal Pell Grant is first awarded to a student. The initial calculation may occur on an ISIR that has been selected for verification, if it is the school’s policy to award a Federal Pell Grant prior to verification being completed.
See the AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A: What Does It Mean To Perform an "Initial Calculation" of a Federal Pell Grant?
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