The Twin Rivers Adult School (TRAS) operates as a public adult school in the state of California. TRAS provides career and technical education courses to qualified adults seeking to improve their skills and enhance their employability. TRAS offers federal student aid in the form of the Pell Grants.
Pell Grants are available to all qualifying students for all qualifying programs. Qualified students must meet all the Federal Student Aid requirements, as well as maintain Satisfactory academic Progress (SAP).
Twin Rivers Adult School must follow all Federal Rules when administering Pell Grants. The Federal rules can get complex, and our financial aid department will do their best to help you navigate through them. The Financial Aid Handbook you are reading right now will also help you in understanding the basics of Pell Grants. Students wishing to better understand these rules beyond what is here, are advised to read the Federal Student Aid Handbook. For even more depth students may read the regulations in the Federal Register and the Laws regarding Title IV funding.
Process to Obtain a Pell Grant
- Students complete all required admission requirements.
- Students apply for a Pell Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (This may be done before completing all admissions requirements.)
- Students who qualify for a Pell Grant will be given a schedule of their Pell Disbursements.
- Upon enrollment, qualified students are given an enrollment voucher to pay for tuition.
- Students may obtain required books and most other required supplies though completing a Promissory Note, which allows Twin Rivers Adult School to deduct the cost of the book or supply from the students Pell Grant. (Note: Promissory Notes will reduce the amount of money students receive in their upcoming Pell Disbursement.)
- The first Pell disbursement is made only after the student demonstrates Satisfactory Academic Progress. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress in our CTE Catalog for more details.)
Applying for a Pell Grant
Students wishing to receive a Pell Grant must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During this process students will be asked for the Federal School Code, the code for Twin Rivers Adult School is 041762. If you need assistance with filling out your FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid Office.
Requirement of a Working Email Address
All official communications to Pell recipients will be conducted via email. Students must provide an accurate email address on their FAFSA, and check this email regularly. Students may use Twin Rivers Adult School computers to check their email if they do not have access to it outside of school. (Please note, by federal rules, all personal data transmitted via email will be encrypted.)
The Verification Process
Standard Admissions Verification of Records
All students admitted into a CTE program must go through a basic verification process, which provides evidence of a minimal amount of information.
The Federal Government randomly picks students for verifying all documents involved. Students who are chosen for Federal Verification must provide additional information to demonstrate that they have met all the requirements for a Pell Grant.
Pell Funding Amounts
Pell Grants for Programs that are 900 Hours or More
Currently students may qualify for up to $5,550 in Pell Grants for programs that are 900 hours or more in length. The Federal Government determines award eligibility based upon the information submitted in the FAFSA. For a quick very rough estimate of how much you might qualify for, you may use the FAFSA4caster.
Pell Grants for Programs Less than 900 Hours
Twin Rivers Adult School offers a limited number of programs that are less than 900 hours in length that qualify for Federal Student Aid, including:
- Certified Nurse Assistant with LVN Prep
- Office Technician
- Custodial Supervision and Maintenance
- Heavy Duty Truck Driving (Check with the Financial Aid Office for current status of this program)
Because these programs are less than 900 hours in length, a student will only receive a fraction of their Pell Grant Award. After completing a program that is less than 900 hours in length, students may use the additional Pell Grant for the award year in another qualified program with Twin Rivers Adult School, or any other school that administers Pell grants.
For details about our full policy and procedures for awarding Pell Grants, please see Details About Awarding Pell Grants under our page about Other Pell Grant Rules. (Warning: These procedures are more complex than we would like, but they are based upon required Federal Regulation.)
- TRAS performs dependency overrides on a case-by-case basis for students with unusual circumstances. The financial aid office will provide a statement detailing the determination and include a statement and supporting documentation in the student's file. None of the conditions below, singly or in combination, qualify as unusual circumstances meriting a dependency override:
- Parents refuse to contribute to the student's education;
- Parents are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or for verification;
- Parents do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes;
- Student demonstrates total self-sufficiency.
- Unusual circumstances might include an abusive family environment or abandonment by parents and may cause any of the above conditions. In such cases a dependency override might be warranted.
- Dependency overrides do not carry over from one year to the next; the FAA administer must reaffirm each year that the unusual circumstances persist and that an override is still justified.
- The documentation of unusual circumstances will come from a third party that knows the student's situation (such as a teacher or member of the clergy), but in cases where this is not available, the school will accept a signed and dated statement from the student detailing the unusual circumstances.
- The school's financial aid administrator may use professional judgment (PJ), on a case-by-case basis only, to alter the data used by TRAS to calculate the EFC. The reason for the PJ will be documented and placed in the student's file.
- PJ's will only be offered due to special circumstances that differentiate the student from others in the same program. Examples of these conditions might include:
- Medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance;
- Unusually high child care costs;
- Recent unemployment of a family member;
- Changes in the family's income or assets.
Consumer Information and the Award Letter
When a student has completed all required verifications and is at a stage where they can be admitted into a program, Twin Rivers Adult School will create a schedule of the students disbursements. This schedule serves as an "award letter" as it shows the total award, and the estimated dates of disbursements and amounts.