Federal Pell Grant


Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is based on financial need and does not need to be repaid. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added.

For 2015-16, awards range from $626 to $5775. Federal regulations no longer allow schools to award two Pell Grants in the same award year.

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Lifetime Eligibility Used

You can only receive Federal Pell Grant funding for the equivalent of 12 full-time terms, starting from the first time you received Federal Pell Grant funding. If you have already received the equivalent of or exceeded the 12 full-time term limit, you will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds. Calculate your Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used. You may view your current Pell Grant payments at NSLDS.

There are no appeals or exceptions to the 12 full-time terms Pell Grant rule.


To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you must meet these requirements each academic year:

Financial Assistance Services will verify your eligibility based on the information submitted on your FAFSA.

More information on Federal Pell Grants.

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