Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. (In some cases, a student enrolled in a teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.)

Pell Grant award amounts will vary depending upon the student’s EFC. The EFC is an estimated measure of how much the student and his/her family are able to contribute towards the educational expenses for the current academic year. The federal processor uses the information reported on the FAFSA to calculate the EFC using a formula specified by law.

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,095 for the 2018–19 award year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019). The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) range for 2018-19 Pell Grant eligibility is 0 – 5486.

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more) to receive a full-time disbursement of the Pell Grant for each term. If the student is enrolled less than full-time, the disbursement will be reduced at the time of disbursement. At the end of the drop/add period (census date) any enrollment changes may result in an increase or decrease of a Pell grant disbursement. A decrease in eligibility may result in a bill.

For more information about Pell eligibility requirements visit the Department of Education's Pell Grant Page.

Unit Enrollment Term Eligibility
12+ units 100%
9 - 11 units 75%
6 - 8 units 50%
1 - 5 units 25%

Lifetime Limit for Pell Grants (Pell LEU)

Per Federal regulation, the amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by federal law to six years (12 full-time semesters).

For information on how the lifetime limits for Pell Grants are calculated for the "equivalent of six years" visit the Federal Pell calculation page

Crossover Pell

In accordance with 34 CFR 690.64, which allows schools to determine which award year to assign crossover payment periods, Federal Pell Grant awards are packaged as follows:

2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Award Year Crossovers

Semester start dates of May and June 2018 will be packaged with any remaining 2017-2018 eligible funding for any students not enrolled at least half time. Any students enrolled at least half-time will be awarded in accordance to the regulations of Year Round Pell.

Year-Round Pell

On May 5, 2017 The Department of Education Appropriations Bill passed and allows students who are Pell eligible to earn 150% of a yearly Pell grant for a given award year. Once a student has received 100% of their yearly Pell eligibility, they may receive an additional 50%, provided they enroll at least half-time in the third semester.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have been awarded a Pell Grant for the current academic year
  • Must have used the full-time annual award amount for Fall and Spring. Students who did not utilize their full-time annual award amount must exhaust their remaining annual limit before being eligible for the additional Pell Grant
  • Must have remaining Lifetime Pell Grant eligibility
  • Must be enrolled and attend a least half-time (six credit hours)

Important Notes

  • Federal Pell Grants are disbursed for each semester starting ten days before the official first day of classes based on their enrollment status at the time of disbursement.
  • Grades are also checked at the end of each semester to verify that a student earned a passing grade for that course. If a student has been assigned an F grade with the notation that the student never attended the class, the student’s Federal Pell Grant will be reduced to the award amount without that course included.