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Federal Pell Grant

Type of Aid

Grant does not have to be repaid.

Program Details

Available almost exclusively to undergraduates; all eligible students will receive the Federal Pell Grant amount they qualify for.

Eligibility Requirements

  • complete the FAFSA.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • be an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any previous aid program

Also, Pell Grant eligible students who were less than 24 years old or enrolled in a postsecondary program when a parent or guardian died as a result of combat in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001 are eligible for a maximum Pell Grant. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

If your parent(s) or guardian(s) died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and you are not eligible for the Pell Grant, you may qualify for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) Program. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information.

Annual Amounts

  • $652 to $6,095 for full-time enrollment during the 2018-2019 academic year. Awards for part-time enrollment are also available.

Duration

Eligible students may receive the Pell grant for a maximum award duration of 12 full-time semesters (or part time equivalent) which is equal to six annual scheduled awards or 600 percent of lifetime eligibility. Students may track their lifetime Pell grant eligibility by logging into the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Year-Round Pell - Beginning Summer 2018

Beginning with the 2017-2018 award year, the “Year Round Pell” provision allows Pell-eligible students to receive a Pell grant disbursement above the standard Pell grant amount for an additional semester. For example, undergraduate students on a standard fall, winter, summer schedule who used all of their Pell award during the fall and winter semesters may be eligible for an additional award for the summer semester, enabling students to continue taking classes and finish their degrees faster.

In order to be eligible for a “Year Round Pell” disbursement, a student must be enrolled at least half time during the extra semester. The Pell award will be adjusted based on enrollment, up to a full-time equivalent disbursement. Note that Pell awards granted under this provision are counted toward the maximum award duration.  

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