Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants may be offered to some degree-seeking undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need based on data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Eligible Levels
- Eligibility Criteria
- Enrollment Requirements
- Additional Information and Requirements
- How to Apply
Only available for degree-seeking, undergraduate-level students who have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree.
Students may be considered for this grant if:
- They complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and
- They meet the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) requirements (which can vary by aid year), and
- They have not reached the limits on receiving the Pell, and
- They have been admitted into a degree-seeking undergraduate program, and
- They have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree.
The Pell Grant pays out at a pro-rated amount based on the student's enrollment in federal aid-eligible courses.
Students cannot receive the grant for more than 12 semesters of full-time enrollment or after completion of a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. Financial aid for each aid year also cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance.
Additional Information and Requirements
- Eligibility is partially based on exceptional financial need based on data the student provides on their FAFSA. If that information changes due to making changes to the FAFSA, verification, or conflicting information, that could change eligibility for the Pell.
- Students must continue to meet satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid eligibility.
- The amount initially awarded is based on anticipated full-time enrollment. The actual amount that disburses is based on the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled on the last day of the add/drop period for the semester.
- Pell Grant funds usually do not need to be repaid except for some limited circumstances.
- Additional information is available on the Federal Student Aid Pell Grants website.
How to Apply
To be considered for a Pell Grant, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).