I've applied for the first time for a Pell grant this summer (still 2012/2013). Skip to bottom for summary if this is too long to read.
Before writing this, I have searched and read a bunch of info all over the net, and also phoned my school several times, and I am now even more confused.
From my understanding, a school gets my FAFSA SAR as soon as it is marked as "Processed" and I can see the SAR on the FAFSA website, right?
Well I had 2 schools on my SAR. School #1 nearly immediately asked me for more documents and showed that I also qualified for the tuition fee waiver (BOGW).
School #2 is the one I really wanted to go to. I did a correction on my FAFSA over 2 weeks ago and added this school. It all went through ok on my end and I could see the amended SAR the next day. I called the school and they said to wait another 2 weeks. Ok, no problem, still lots of time at this point.
After 2 weeks I still heard nothing so I called and trying to figure this out, and the school claims they never got my FAFSA and that it will be 2 weeks until they get it.
This does not seem right to me. 2 other schools I had on there got the info right away. The reason this is a big deal is now I have to pay for my classes before getting the Pell, which makes no sense to me since the BOGW (tuiton fee waiver) went through nearly instantly at school #1.
Yes I mostly asked my school these questions, but they are not giving me straight answers. This is my first time doing this so I have no idea what to expect here.
**Summary for those who don't want to read it all:**
If they can see my FAFSA now, why would I have to wait 2 more weeks and have to pay for it myself??