Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant
  • Federally funded awards granted to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who have not received a bachelor's degree
  • Awards vary based on need and hours of enrollment
  • A student must file a FAFSA to be considered for eligibility
  • A student who is selected for verification must complete that process to be considered for eligibility

Pell Grant Limits

  • Once you have received a Pell Grant for 12 semesters, or the equivalent, you will NO LONGER be eligible for additional Pell Grants.
  • You are eligible to receive a Pell Grant for up to 12 semesters or the equivalent.
  • If you have exceeded the 12-semester maximum, you will lose eligibility for additional Pell Grants beginning in 2012-13 school year.
  • Equivalency is calculated by adding together the percentage of your Pell eligibility that you received each year to determine whether the total amount exceeds 600%. ¬†You can check the amount of Pell Grant you have received by visiting NSLDS.
  • For example, if your maximum Pell Grant award amount for the 2010-2011 school year was $5,550, but you only receive $2,775 because you were only enrolled for one semester, you would have used 50% of your maximum award for that year. If in the following school year, you were enrolled only three-quarter time, you would have used 75% of your maximum award for that year. Together, you would have received 125% out of the total 600% lifetime limit.