Federal Pell Grant

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Expected Family Contribution

  • EFC cannot exceed $5,234.00
  • Maximum Academic Year Pell: $5,815
  • Minimum AY Pell: $598 
  • EFC cannot exceed $5,328
  • Maximum Academic Year Pell: $5,920
  • Minimum AY Pell: $596

Students who are auditing classes or taking classes for "no credit" are not eligible for any financial aid towards those registration fees.



Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students based on financial need and is limited to undergraduate and teaching credential students (students seeking their first bachelor's degree & first teaching credential). The Pell Grant provides a foundation upon which other aid can be awarded.

Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and is prorated according to the number of units enrolled. Students enrolled less than full-time (12 units) must inform the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by submitting the Student Information Update form.

Effective 2012-2013, eligible students can receive Pell Grant up to a maximum of 6 years (600% of their Pell Grant eligibility over an entire academic career). Once a student has reached their 12th full-time semester or 6 years, they can no longer receive the Pell grant. 

Federal Student Aid - Calculating Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used provides information regarding the amount of Federal Pell grant funds a student may receive over his/her lifetime. 

Students CANNOT receive a Pell Grant from multiple schools during the same enrollment period.       
Students receiving Summer Pell Grant from a community college, may require SJSU to reduce Fall or Spring Pell Grant award.