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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. Up to $5,920 per academic year for full-time enrollment (pro-rated 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 pro-rated based on the student's attendance. (ie. 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 financial aid census date for each term. 
  • The amount of Pell Grant a student can receive for that term is determined by the enrollment status of the student on the financial aid census date.
  • Since the amount of Pell Grant is 'frozen' on this day, if a student adds or drops classes after the federal census 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.