Federal Pell Grant


New Federal Pell Grant Limits

Scholarship iconEffective for 2012-13, 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.

The US Department of Education is sending e-mails to students who are approaching or who have passed their Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility.

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

Federal Pell Grant

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

 For 2011-12 and 2012-13, awards range from $550 to $5550. 

Effective 2011-12, federal regulations no longer allow schools to award students two Pell Grants in the same award year. 


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.

What is a Pell Grant?

What are the changes to the Pell Grant program?

What is the Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) for Pell grants?