Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program, offered to students with high need who are seeking their first undergraduate degree. Eligibility is determined by the federal processor. This grant is prorated for less than full-time.

Once a student completes the requirements for their first bachelors degree, they are no longer eligible to receive a Pell Grant, regardless of when they choose to graduate.

Important Pell Grant Information

If you are a recipient of the Federal Pell Grant, please be aware of the following:

  • Federal regulations require the amount of the Pell Grant be prorated based on the student's attendance. (i.e. a student attending 6 credits/half-time can receive half of the full-time Pell award)
  • The last day of the 100% tuition refund period is considered the official Pell recalculation date for each term. Exception: For Fall 2020, the Pell recalculation date is August 27, 2020.
  • The amount of Pell Grant a student can receive for that term is determined by the enrollment status of the student on the Pell recalculation date.
  • Since the amount of Pell Grant is 'frozen' on this day, if a student adds or drops classes after the Pell recalculation date the amount of Pell Grant will not be adjusted (even if a student received special permission to add a class).

Effective July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent.


Year Round Pell Grant 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 allows a student to receive Pell Grant funds up to 150% of the student’s Scheduled Award for an award year. This is effective beginning with the 2017-1018 award year.

  • First 100% is initial scheduled Pell award
  • Final 50% is considered the additional Pell award (Year Round Pell) 

General Requirements

  • Student must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the award period.
  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time in the award period(s) for which the student receives the additional Pell Grant funds.

Additional Pell Grant will be included in the student’s 600% (or 12 semester equivalent) maximum Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used.