Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to degree seeking undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. These students must not have been admitted into a graduate or professional degree program.
Approximate annual amounts are from $602 to $5,550. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, premised on awarding parameters.
A lifetime limit of Federal Pell Grant eligibility was established by the federal government. Eligible students are limited to receiving 600% of Federal Pell Grants. Every academic year that a student receives a Pell Grant when enrolled full-time counts as 100% towards the 600% maximum. This means that students have approximately 6 years of Pell Grant eligibility before reaching the lifetime limit.
Since a Federal Pell Grant is premised on a specific level of enrollment (full time, three-quarter time, half-time, or less than half-time), it is imperative that a recipient engage in academic activities associated with each course that constitutes a student's level of enrollment. For example, if a student receives a Federal Pell Grant premised on full-time enrollment and it is later determined that the student failed to engage in academic work of at least 12 credit hours, he/she may be billed for all or a portion of the full time Federal Pell Grant already received.