The Federal Pell Grant
Program assists students from low-income households with their education related expenses. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree with a qualifying expected family contribution. In some cases, a student enrolled in certain academic programs that lead to teacher certification or licensure may also be eligible.
The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,345 for the 2020–21 award year. In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150 percent of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year. For example, if you are eligible for a $2,000 Pell Grant for the award year, and are enrolled full-time for both the fall and spring semesters, you’ll receive $1,000 in the fall and $1,000 in the spring. However, under certain circumstances, you may be eligible to receive up to an additional $1,000 in the summer semester (resulting in your receiving 150% of your original award).
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to 600 percent. For more information on lifetime Pell Grant eligibility, visit the Federal Student Aid website.
‘Pell Eligible,’ as mentioned in the requirements of other grants, means that the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of the Federal Pell Grant as determined by filing the FAFSA
. For more information on Pell Grant eligibility, visit the Federal Student Aid website
All eligible students will be considered for the Federal Pell Grant by filing the FAFSA