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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

  • $606 to $5,920 for full-time enrollment during the 2017-2018 academic year. Awards for part-time enrollment are also available.


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

Generally, financial aid is only available for the fall and winter semesters. Beginning with the summer 2018 semester, the so called "Year-Round Pell" allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant amount over the course of the academic year so they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise. 

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