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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is an award from the federal government that does not need to be paid back. Your eligibility and award amount is based on receipt of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and your enrollment level (full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, or less than half-time). Awards range from $606 to $5,920 for the 2017-2018 aid year.

Pell Grant Eligibility

Pell-eligible students must:

» Submit the FAFSA and meet Federal Student Aid program requirements.
» Have an EFC between 0 and 5,328 for the 2017-2018 aid year.
» Be an undergraduate enrolled in a degree-seeking program or University College; students
   with a prior BS/BA degree are not eligible for Federal Pell Grant.
» Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Enrollment levels (full-time, three-quarter-time, half-time, and less than half-time) are determined based on projected or actual enrollment with subsequent adjustment based on actual enrollment each semester. Final Federal Pell Grant eligibility is determined and awards are finalized each semester on the Pell Census date that corresponds to the end of the 100% refund period.

Year-Round Pell

Beginning with the summer 2018 session, eligible students may receive Federal Pell Grant funds during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. If you meet general elibility requirements, the Office of Student Financial Services will review your enrollment information for the summer and add the Pell Grant to your financial aid package. Please note that in some cases you may be required to take at least 6 credit hours during the summer to receive your award. Have additional questions about summer aid? Visit our summer financial aid page for more information.

Limitations of the Federal Pell Grant

A student that has already earned a bachelor's or first professional degree is not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Additionally, students incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

Students may only receive the Federal Pell Grant for the equivalent of six years. Your lifetime Pell Grant usage is displayed as a percentage. Receiving a full-time Pell Grant for two semesters is equivalent to 100%. The six year limit is equal to 600% of Pell Grant funding. More information about the Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility limit can be found at You can also review your overall lifetime usage by logging in to your Financial Aid Review at