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What is a Pell Grant?

Federal Pell Grants are grants that do not have to be repaid and are offered through participating institutions to students with financial need. Grants are to assist students who have not yet reached their lifetime eligibility used or not yet earned or met the requirements for their first bachelor's degree. For more information about federal grants can be found on the student aid website.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

  • The amount you get, though, will depend on
    • Your expected Family Contribution (EFC)
    • The cost of attendeance (total budget)
    • Your enrollment status

How does summer aid work?

Pell grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell aid offer each year. If you were a Pell Grant eligible student in fall and/or spring, you may qualify for a Pell grant for summer. If you are eligible for a summer Pell grant, we will review your file once you are registered to determine eligibility.

To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have complete Financial Aid file for the current academic year FAFSA. Read more about how to find out what FAFSA to complete
  • Be Pell Grant eligible; and
  • Enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes if you have received 100% of your fall/spring Pell (meaning you attended fall and spring full-time and received Pell for both semesters); or
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, you will receive an email if you are not making progress; and
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining.