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The Federal Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or professional degree to promote access to postsecondary education. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

In order to apply for a Pell Grant you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can learn more about this process online at www.fafsa.gov.

The Pell Grant can be used to pay your tuition, or, if your tuition is covered by other means, help with your fees, books, supplies and transportation costs. A grant is an award that does not have to be repaid. Your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as noted on your Federal Student Aid Report determines your Federal Pell Grant award amount. The Pell Grant chart shows the amount of Pell Grant you may be eligible for in the academic year. Click here for the Pell Grant Chart for 2018-2019.

Pell-specific eligibility requirements are that the student either be an undergraduate or be in an eligible degree granting program, and not be incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, have a valid Social Security Number and be making satisfactory academic progress.

Effective July 1, 2012, eligibility for the Pell Grant was limited to 12 terms of full-time payments or its equivalent. Semesters are counted based on the portion of a full-time equivalent, so that a half-time equivalent is counted as half a semester toward the 12-semester limit. Students can track their remaining Pell Grant eligibility on www.nslds.ed.gov (National Student Loan Data System) or on www.studentaid.gov.

Year Round Pell

Pell grant is available for students who decide to take summer courses. Students are allowed to receive up to 150% of their scheduled award. This is called year round Pell. The purpose of year round Pell is to allow students to register for classes in the summer that will allow them to stay on track and graduate faster. Students are allowed a lifetime limit of 600% which is 12 full time semesters of Federal Pell grant. Year Round Pell that is scheduled will be factored into a student's life time eligibility usage (LEU). A student can check his lifetime Pell Eligibility usage by logging in to https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/.

Year round Pell will only be scheduled if a student has already used the full 100 percent of his Pell in the Fall and Spring Academic Year. If a student has not used his entire 100 percent Pell, then the remaining Pell grant that was not used may be used for the summer study. Below are several examples that explain different scenarios:

SemesterFallSpringSummer
Credits Taken12 credits12 credits12 credits
Pell Award3047.503047.503047.50
LEU Used50%50%Year-Round = Pell 50%

In the above example, the student received his full Pell award in the Fall and Spring. If student enrolls full time for the Summer 2019, he is eligible for an additional 50 percent of Pell grant in the same 2018-19 Academic Year. A minimum of 6 credits must be taken in the summer to qualify for year round Pell if the full Pell award was used for Fall and Spring semester as described in this example.

SemesterFallSpringSummer
Credits Taken12 credits9 credits6 credits
Pell Award3047.502285.501523.75
LEU Used50%37.5%25%

In the above example for the Fall, the student received full time Pell for 50 percent. For the Spring semester he took 9 credits which represents 37.5 percent Pell. For the Summer he took 6 credits which represents 25 percent Pell. Since the student is enrolled in 6 credits for the summer of 2019, he is eligible for up to 150 percent Pell in the 2018-19 Academic Year.

SemesterFallSpringSummer
Credits Taken12 credits9 credits3 credits
Pell Award3047.502286.00762.00
LEU Used50%37.5%12.5%

In the above example a student did not receive a Year Round Pell because the full 100 percent Pell award was used in all three semesters. The student in this case has remaining Pell eligibility for the 2018-19 Academic year so he does not need to be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits.

SemesterFallSpringSummer
Credits Taken12 credits12 credits3 credits
Pell Award3047.503047.50762.00
LEU Used50%50%12.5%

In the above example this student has used 100 percent of his full Pell for Fall and Spring and is just enrolled for 3 credits for the summer. He does not have remaining Pell eligibility and since he is not enrolled in the minimum of 6 credits, in this case a 2019-20 FAFSA must be on file. Year round Pell will be applied from the 2019-20 academic year in the summer 2019 if the student is Pell eligible for 2019-20.

Eligibility for Year Round Pell

To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have completed a FAFSA for award year 2018-19 and 2019-20
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Enroll in summer classes
  • Enroll at least 6 credit hours if you are using Pell in the 2018-19 award and at least 1-5 credits if you are using the 2019-20 award year
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining

Note: If you have exceeded the 600 percent Lifetime Eligibility Usage you would not be eligible for Pell grant.

Q&A

The amount of Pell grant awarded is based on the number of credits you take, your EFC (expected family contribution), and whether or not you have remaining Pell eligibility.

Students can log into https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/ for more information and view their usage.

You can enroll in fewer than 6 credits for the summer if you have remaining Pell grant remaining from the 2018-19 Award Year. For example, if you have not used the entire 100 percent Pell in Fall and Spring, you can use the remaining for the summer. If you have used the entire 100 percent, then you will need to file a 2019-20 FAFSA for Pell consideration for the summer.

It will not affect your award year 2019-20 award year Pell grant if you are enrolled in at least 6 credits during the summer 2019 and have used Pell from the 2018-19 Academic Year. If you enroll in 3 credits and have used the full 100 percent Pell for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Academic Year, then we will use your Pell grant eligibility from the 2019-20 Award Year if you filed the 2019-2020 FAFSA and you are Pell eligible.

Please stop by the financial aid office if you have additional questions.