Federal Pell Grant

The Pell grant is available for undergraduate and teaching credential students and provides a foundation upon which other aid can be awarded for the highest need students.

Pell grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and is prorated according to the number of units enrolled. Students must inform the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office of their less than full-time enrollment status by submitting the Student Information Update form.

Students cannot receive a Pell Grant from multiple schools during the same enrollment period.  

2016-2017 Awards:

EFC cannot exceed $5,234.00
  • Maximum Pell for the academic year: $5,815.00 
  • Minimum Pell for the academic year: $598.00

2017-2018 Awards:

EFC cannot exceed $5,328.00
  • Maximum Pell for the academic year: $5,920.00 
  • Minimum Pell for the academic year: $596.00

In 2012, the Department of Education reduced the length of time an undergraduate student can receive the Federal Pell grant from 18 full-time semesters to 12 full-time semesters. This is a maximum of 6 years over an entire academic career. Credential students are included in the definition of undergraduate students. There is no grandfather rule or exception to this requirement. Once a student has reached their 12th full-time semester, they can no longer receive the Pell grant. 

View Calculating Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) for more information regarding the amount of Federal Pell grant funds a student may receive over his/her lifetime.