Federal Pell Grant

The 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 or first teaching credential). The Pell Grant provides a foundation upon which other aid can be awarded.

The amount of a 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. 


EFC and Award Amounts

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 EFC and Award Amounts:

  • EFC cannot exceed $5,576
  • Maximum academic year Pell: $6,195
  • Minimum academic year Pell: $650

Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility

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 are no longer eligible for the Pell grant. 

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


Summer Pell

Pell-eligible students may have additional Pell Grant for Summer 2020. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in order to be considered for summer Pell. 


Additional Information

  • Students who are auditing classes or taking classes for "No Credit" are not eligible for any financial aid towards those registration fees.
  • Students CANNOT receive a Pell Grant from multiple schools during the same enrollment period.