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Federal Pell Grants

Pell Grants are need-based and don't have to be repaid. Eligibility is determined by the FAFSA.


  • You must have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA.
  • You must be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.
  • Pell Grants are awarded for eligible classes, which must be added no later than the semester add/drop deadline.
  • You may only receive up to 12 semesters (or roughly six years) worth of Pell Grants in a lifetime.

Pell Grant Amounts

Pell Grant amounts are based on a combination of your EFC (expected family contribution) calculated from the FAFSA and your enrollment at the semester add/drop deadline. Amounts are prorated based on your number of eligible credits. It is expected that all credits in which Pell is awarded for are completed. Credits that are not successfully completed (e.g., E and W grades) may lead to a reduction or cancellation of Pell, depending on proof of participation and timing of disbursement.

View MyAid Dashboard for your specific Pell award breakdown.

Initial awards are for fall/winter semesters. Additional Pell Grant is available for spring/summer terms.

Additional Pell Grant

You may qualify for additional Pell Grant for a third semester if you received 100% of your Pell Grant for two semesters in the academic year. In order to receive the additional Pell Grant, you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours for that semester. If spring or summer terms count as the third semester, you must be enrolled in at least six credits total between both terms in order to maintain eligibility.