Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is offered based on full-time (12 or more credit hours), part-time (9- 11 credit hours), half-time (6-8 credit hours), or less than half-time (1-5 credit hours). The maximum award is $6,095. To calculate your Pell award amount please review the calculation below:

  • 1-5 semester hours= 25% of full-time semester award
  • 6-8 semester hours= 50% of full-time semester award
  • 9-11 semester hours= 75% of full-time semester award
  • 12 or more semester hours= 100% of full-time semester award

*Reminder a student can only receive 2 full-time semesters of Pell per financial aid year, until they reach their lifetime limit. If you receive Pell in the summer, you may not have adequate funds for spring.


The Rhodes State College Foundation scholarships are possible through the generous donations of employees, alumni, friends of the College, organizations and businesses. Scholarships provide students the ability to achieve success at Rhodes State College and meet the intent of the scholarship donors.

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Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to those students who have the lowest EFCs, are enrolled full-time, and have a GPA greater than 1.99. The maximum yearly award is $1,500 and funds are limited. Not all students who meet the qualifications will be awarded SEOG, due to budget allocations. Priority is given to those students who file the FAFSA by May 1.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) award determination is based on the date the FAFSA was submitted and an unmet need greater than $1000. Funding is limited. A student who is not eligible for the Federal Work Study grant may be eligible to work at the college and be paid wages. All student employees must follow all the rules in the Student Employment Program Handbook and the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). All work-study positions are posted at No awards can be disbursed until all appropriate paperwork is submitted to Human Resources.

Federal Stafford Loans

Both the subsidized and unsubsidized loan must be repaid. The maximum loan for dependent students is $5,500 for up to 30 earned hours and $6,500 for 31 hours to program completion. For independent students and dependent students whose parent was denied a PLUS loan, an additional $4,000 may be secured each year. Failure to maintain at least six credit hours each term will result in the cancellation of the loan.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans

The PLUS loan is a loan borrowed by a parent for a dependent undergraduate student. The maximum award amount is the student’s Cost of Attendance less other financial aid that the student receives. A student must be registered for at least six credit hours to remain eligible. Failure to maintain at least six credit hours each term will result in the cancellation of the PLUS loan.

Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA) is all financial aid from other sources that the student is expected to receive. Need based aid includes: subsidized loans, Pell grant, Federal Work Study and certain scholarships. All federal, state, and institutional aid cannot exceed the student’s Cost of Attendance (COA). COA less Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less EFA = total subsidized loan. COA-EFA, including subsidized loans = total unsubsidized loan. (Federal Student Aid Handbook, 2018-2019.)