Types of Financial Aid
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students earning their first bachelor's degree who meet the federal government’s eligibility formula. To determine eligibility, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted for each school year. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.
Begin the process by completing the FAFSA on the Web. Eligibility is determined using a standard formula to produce an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number based on FAFSA information. Students must have an EFC of 5234 or less to potentially qualify for a Pell Grant. Pell Grant amounts depend on a student’s EFC, enrollment status, and length of time attended during the academic year.
Pell Grants range from $590 to $5815 for the 2016-2017 school year.
Hours Enrolled: Percent of Eligibility for the Term:
twelve or more credit hours (full time) 100
nine to eleven 75
six to eight 50
fewer than six 25
Once all award requirements have been met, your financial aid will be credited to your student account. For more information, please visit Applying for Aid.
A student cannot receive a Federal Pell Grant from more than one school for the same period of time.
As a result of federal regulations enacted in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25) and the Consolidations Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74), students may receive a Pell award for a maximum of 12 semesters (6 annual awards). View more information about the aggregate Pell Grant limit.
Undergraduate students can continue eligibility in the Pell Grant program as long as they have not earned their first bachelor’s degree, received less than 12 semesters of Pell Grant, are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress, and continue to meet the standard formula as determined by the FAFSA each year.