Pell Grant

Federal Pell grants are available to help matriculated undergraduate students who have no prior undergraduate degrees.  Application for this type of financial aid is done by filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Basic eligibility requirements must be met, as determined by the federal government. Only students with the greatest financial need will receive these grants.

For the 2017-18 academic year, Federal Pell Grants for full-time students range from $593 to $5,920 depending on the expected family contribution and Congressional funding.

Credit Hours
Registered for
Range of
Pell Grant Award/year
Full-time Students 12+ Credits $606 - $5,920
3/4 Time 9-11 Credits $653 - $4,440
1/2 time 6-8 Credits $635 - $2,960
Less than 1/2 Time 3-5 Credits $593 - $1,480


Pell Grant eligibility is determined based on enrollment, and is locked the day after the add/drop deadline each semester.

Pell Grant funding is limited to 12 semesters (or its equivalent) for all undergraduate, eligible students and includes all years of the student's receipt of federal Pell grant funding.

Once degree requirements are met for a first undergraduate degree, students are no longer eligible for PELL Grant funding.   

Last Updated: 1/27/17