Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell program provides assistance in the form of a grant to undergraduate
students. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who are pursuing
their first bachelor's degree. For many students, Pell Grants provide the foundation
of financial aid to which other aid may be added. Federal Pell Grants may be used
to pay tuition, or, if tuition is covered by other means, to help students purchase books
and supplies or pay for transportation costs.
To determine a student's eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate the information reported on the FAFSA. This formula
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The Student Aid Report (SAR) will contain this number and will inform students
whether they may be eligible for Pell. Students can only receive one Pell Grant per
award year, from one college at a time. How much Pell is received depends on the student's EFC,
cost of attendance and whether the student attends school for a full academic year or less. Other determining
factors are listed below.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA is the application used to apply for federal government grants and student loans.
Residency and Citizenship
To apply for federal student aid, students must be United States citizens or eligible
Additional Information Regarding Pell Eligibility
- Students must be accepted to a degree seeking eligible program
- The Pell Grant can be awarded for enrollment in as little as one equated credit
- Students can receive Pell Grants for up to 12 full-time semesters, or the equivalent
- The Pell Grant is only awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate degree
- Students may not be in default on any prior federal student loans or owe the federal
government a refund of financial aid previously received
- Students and their parents must be willing to
verify the information provided on the FAFSA
- Males between 18 and 25 years of age must register with Selective Service
- Students cannot be convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving
For the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the Pell Grant ranges from $652 to as much as $6095,
depending on family income and other financial factors. Eligible students may receive
the Pell Grant as a part-time or full-time student. The amount of Pell received as
a part-time student may vary due to enrollment status.
Maximum Time Frame
Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime
is limited by a new federal law, to be the equivalent of 6 years of Pell Grant funding.
The Department of Education keeps track of students' LEU by adding together the percentages
of Pell Grants students received for each award year. Students can determine how much
Pell they have used and what they have remaining by visiting: www.nslds.ed.gov