Student Financial Services

Maximum Semesters of Eligibility for Pell Grant Awards

What has happened?

  • 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?

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%.

  • Students receiving Pell Grants are now, in some cases, eligible to receive Pell Grants for all of their semesters in a given academic year. Hence, if you are taking credits summer, fall and spring semesters and meet Pell Grant eligibility guidelines, you may receive more than 100% of your annual award. Students must be taking at least 6 credits in the spring semesters to be considered.

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.