Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to low income students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.
In order to receive a Pell Grant, students must:

  1. be admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate;
  2. complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be awarded a grant by the US Department of Education;
  3. maintain satisfactory academic progress; and
  4. not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant.

Eligibility is determined each year by filing the FAFSA and is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time paid semesters while seeking a first bachelor's degree. Students who exceed the 12 semester limit will no longer be able to receive Pell grant funds.

Students are unable to receive a Pell Grant from two institutions during the same semester. Receiving a Pell Grant from two schools during the same semester may result in a delay of future aid and a recovery of disbursed aid.