Year-Round Pell

What is year-round Pell grant?

The U.S. Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2017, allows a student to receive Federal Pell grant funds for up to 150% of the student's Pell Grant Scheduled Award (PGSA) for an award year. For example, if a student's PGSA was $3,000, they now have the potential to be able to receive up to $4,500 ($3000 x 150%) to include fall, spring, and summer semesters.

How will this work at SOWELA?

A student must complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application. If eligible for the Pell grant, the student at that time will be awarded Pell for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024.

When will I know if I am eligible for Pell grant for the Summer 2023?

SOWELA will begin posting Summer 2023 Pell amounts to the student's LoLA account during the month of April, however students must have completed the 2023-2024 FAFSA and have all verification paperwork submitted and processed.

What are the eligibility criteria to receive a Year-Round Pell?

The student must be eligible for a Federal Pell grant as determined by the FAFSA. In addition, the student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis in the semester in which they surpass receiving 100% of the PGSA.

Where should I go if I have questions about Year-Round Pell?

Visit the One Stop in the Sycamore Student Center or email questions to

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

SOWELA Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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