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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest of the federal need-based grant programs. It is awarded automatically to students who qualify based on FAFSA application results.

To receive this grant, you must be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. (A professional degree is usually earned in a field such as medicine, law, or dentistry after earning a bachelor's degree.)

  • You must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the Pell Grant.
  • To receive the Pell Grant, your FAFSA must be received by the federal government by the last day you are enrolled and are eligible for payment.
  • You cannot receive a Pell Grant at more than one school concurrently.
  • Pell Grant eligibility is limited to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent).
  • Your Pell Grant award amount will be finalized each semester based on your enrollment level at the end of the cancel/add period, the last date to add full semester classes without college scholastic committee approval. To meet federal regulations, your Pell award cannot be adjusted for any classes added after this date.
  • A Pell Grant can be used to pay for your books.
  • The Pell Grant amount you receive depends on your financial need and your enrollment (the number of credits you take.)
  • The Pell amount listed on your original financial aid offer is based on the assumption of full-time enrollment. If you take fewer than 12 credits, your Pell eligibility will be reduced.

Summer Pell Grants

As a Pell eligible student, you may receive the Pell Grant in summer semester, provided you have not exhausted your annual eligibility for the award during the fall/spring terms. The summer Pell award is based on summer enrollment levels and remaining annual Pell eligibility.