Financial Aid Office

Maximum Semesters of Eligibility for Pell Grant Awards

What has happened?

  • Beginning with Summer 2012, all students are now limited to 12 semesters, or 600%, of Pell Grant Eligibility during their lifetime
  • Change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant

Can I see my Lifetime Pell Grant Used?

  • Yes, you may view your Pell Grant used by logging into the National Student Loan Data System, at

How is the percentage used calculated?

  • Percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime enrollment status
  • For Example: Students who attended 12 or more credits in two semesters (Fall and Spring  for example), the percentage used for the academic year is 100%. If you only attended 9 credits for two semesters, your percentage used for the academic year is 75%.

Whether you have used all of your Pell Grant eligibility or only half, please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes

USM Scholarships

There's still time to apply for financial aid and scholarships at USM

File your FAFSA now.

First-year applicants who have also completed their USM application by April 1, 2015 will be automatically considered for merit scholarships and our new Bright Future and USM Husky scholarships.

We are adding $1 million in new scholarships making USM more affordable than ever. Learn more.

Returning students can also apply for a variety of scholarships.