Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students who have not earned a bachelor’s or any other professional degree. In order to be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2016-17 award year is $5,815. The amount you receive will depend on your financial need, your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Note: The maximum award amount is given for any Pell Grant eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001. You must be under 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time in college at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.

Effective on July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years). You’ll receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit. If you have any questions, contact your financial aid office.

To learn more about the Federal Pell Grant visit Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.

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