Federal Pell Grant

This is a need-based federal grant program for students who are seeking an undergraduate degree and whose Expected Family Contribution is below the amount designated by the United States Department of Education. The annual Federal Pell Grant award amount is determined by the student's EFC and enrollment status.

Initial awards are estimated based on full-time status (12 credit hours) and on the evaluation of information submitted on the FAFSA. Estimates will change if any criteria used to determine the student's eligibility, such as program of study or area of interest, degree status, satisfactory academic progress, income or family information changes. Actual payment will be determined based on enrollment at the census date (please see the definition of census date for clarification) listed in the college calendar.

The amount paid to the student from the Federal Pell Grant listed in the student's award notification will be prorated if the student enrolls for less than 12 credit hours in a given semester. The student must begin attending all of his or her classes before disbursement of any funds are made. If the student's attendance is not confirmed for one or more classes, aid will be adjusted to the enrollment level of the credit hours that have been confirmed.

Federal Pell Grant awards may be used for the equivalent of two full-time semesters each year. Students who attended part-time in fall and/or spring semester(s) may use their remaining eligibility in the summer semester.

Federal Pell Grant Program — Duration of Eligibility

Students are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant for up to 12 semesters (600 percent) or the equivalent. If a student has exceeded the 12-semester maximum, the student will lose eligibility for additional Federal Pell Grants. Equivalences are calculated by adding together the percentage of a student's Pell eligibility that is received each year to determine whether the total amount exceeds 600 percent.