Federal Pell Grant
Pell Grants are awarded to low income undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. Eligibility is determined based on a student's FAFSA results and enrollment status each semester.
To receive a Pell Grant, students must do the following:
- Enroll as a degree-seeking undergraduate, pursuing a first bachelor's degree
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year and be awarded a grant by the US Department of Education
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant
- Remain otherwise eligible to receive federal student aid
Beginning in 2017-2018, students may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant for up to three full-time semesters per year. Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive Pell Grant beyond two full-time semesters. For example, if a student receives Pell Grant funding based on full-time enrollment in both the fall and spring semesters, the student must enroll half-time in the summer to receive a Pell Grant in the summer term. If the student drops a course during drop/add and becomes enrolled less-than-half-time, the summer Pell Grant may need to be repaid.
The Pell Grant has a lifetime limit equivalent to 12 full-time semesters. Students who exceed the 12 semester limit will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds. Students are not allowed 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 repayment of disbursed aid.