Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.
The projected maximum Pell Grant award for the 2016-2017 award year (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017) is $5,815.
The actual final award amount will depend on:
- Expected family contribution (EFC)
- Cost of attendance
- Full-time or part-time enrollment status.
- Length of enrollment during the academic year (for example, fall semester only versus fall PLUS spring semester)
Students may only receive one Pell Grant award in an award year and may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
Effective on July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent for students enrolled in a four year full-time bachelor’s degree program (roughly six years). Students will receive notice on the Student Aid Report (“SAR”) indicating that he or she is near the aggregate limit.
Transfer students are encouraged to check their financial aid history on the National Student Loan Data System for Students.