The Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. It is available to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Eligibility is determined by the 'expected family contribution' (EFC), which is calculated when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filed. Amounts can change annually, but the maximum award amount for the 2018-2019 aid year is $6,095. The amount you are awarded depends on your financial need, your cost of attendance (determined by the institution), your status as either a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend a full academic year or less. You may not receive the Federal Pell Grant from more than school at a time.

  • You must enroll in at least 12 hours to receive your maximum amount of funds for the Pell Grant
  • Your Pell Grant amount will reduce if you enroll in less than 12 credit hours
  • The Department of Education requires that the Financial Aid Office set a 'freeze date', after which your Pell Grant cannot be increased due to changes in your schedule
  • Pell Grant funds will be calculated based on hours recorded at the enrollment 'freeze date'. For dates and deadlines, check out The Scoop.
  • If you enroll in less than 12 hours in the fall or spring semester, you may receive the remainder of your Pell Grant eligibility in the summer semester, provided you are still eligible for financial aid.
    • If you enroll full-time (12 hours or more) for fall and spring, you will not have any Pell Grant eligibility remaining for the summer semester

Year Round Pell

Beginning with Summer 2018, students can receive Pell Grant funding during the summer semester. Students are eligible for up to 150% of their award amount in a year. In order to receive the additional amount, students must be enrolled in 6 credit hours.

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage

The Department of Education has established lifetime limits for Pell Grant funding. A student is not eligible for more than 600% (approximately 6 years) of Pell Grant funding. Once this limit has been reached, you will no longer receive Pell funding. Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (Pell LEU) can be checked online through the National Student Loan Data System by signing in.