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Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students. See the sections below concerning eligibility, enrollment requirements, duration, and other important information.


In order to receive a Pell grant you must meet the following requirements:

*You find out if your EFC is eligible by reading the comments on your processed FAFSA.

Maximum Semesters of Eligibility

Effective with the 2012-2013 aid year, eligibility is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time paid semesters while seeking a first bachelor’s degree. Students who exceed the 12 semester limit will no longer be able to receive Pell grant funds.

Other Information

Per federal regulations, students are unable to receive a Pell grant from two institutions during the same semester. Receiving a Pell grant from two schools during the same semester may result in a delay of future aid and a recovery of disbursed aid.

A student who has a Pell eligible expected family contribution will be eligible to receive the maximum Pell Grant award for an award year, prorated based upon enrollment, if the student’s parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001, provided that the student was under 24 years old or was enrolled in college at the time of the parent or guardian’s death.

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