This is a need-based federal grant program for students who are seeking an undergraduate degree and whose Expected Family Contribution is below the amount designated by the United States Department of Education. The annual Federal Pell Grant award amount is determined by the student’s EFC and enrollment status.
Initial aid offers are estimated based on full-time status (12 credit hours of fundable coursework) and on the evaluation of information submitted on the FAFSA. Estimates will change if any criteria used to determine the student’s eligibility, such as program of study or area of interest, degree status, satisfactory academic progress, income or family information changes. Actual payment will be determined based on enrollment in fundable coursework at the census date (please see the definition of census date for clarification) listed in the college calendar.
The amount paid to the student from the Federal Pell Grant listed in the student’s aid notification will be prorated if the student enrolls for less than 12 credit hours in a given semester. The student must begin attending all of his or her classes before disbursements of any funds are made. If the student’s attendance is not confirmed for one or more classes, aid will be adjusted to the enrollment level of the fundable credit hours that have been confirmed.
Federal Pell Grant aid may be used for the equivalent of three fulltime semesters each academic year. Students who attend full-time in fall and spring and at least half-time (six credit hours) in thesummer may have Pell Grant funds available for the summer semester, depending on annual funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Students who attended part-time in fall and/or spring semester(s) may use their remaining eligibility in the summer semester with no minimum enrollment level.
Federal Pell Grant Program - Duration of Eligibility
Students may receive a Federal Pell Grant for up to 600 percent of their lifetime eligibility. Attending full-time for two semesters utilizes 100 percent of this eligibility. Students who attend full-time in fall, spring and summer with the availability of year-round Pell will utilize 150 percent of their lifetime eligibility. If a student has met or exceeded the 600 percent maximum, the student will lose eligibility for additional Federal Pell Grants. Equivalences are calculated by adding together the percentage of a student’s Pell eligibility that is received each year to determine whether the total amount meets or exceeds 600 percent. Students may view their Federal Pell Grant usage at studentaid.gov.