Federal Pell Grant
This grant is only available for undergraduate and teaching credential students. The Pell is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and prorated according to full-time, three-quarter time, or half-time enrollment. The maximum Pell Grant award is $5,550, the minimum is $555. To be eligible for the Pell Grant, the EFC cannot be higher than $5,081. The Pell Grant provides a foundation upon which other aid can be added for the highest need students. Students may not receive a Pell Grant at multiple schools during the same period of enrollment.
Effective Fall 2012
The Department of Education has reduced the eligibility that 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. 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.