The Federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to low income undergraduate students and certain post-baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education.
- show exceptional financial need
- have a high school diploma or a General Education
Development (GED) Certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S.
Department of Education, or meet other standards your state
establishes that are approved by the U.S. Department of
- be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- have a valid Social Security Number
- make satisfactory academic progress
- register with the Selective Service, if required.
PELL award maximums for the 2012-2013 award year are $5,500. You can receive only one PELL Grant in an award year. You may not receive PELL Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
Maximum Aggregate Pell Grant Eligibility:
Students who received their first Pell Grant payment in the 2008-2009 award year or after will be limited to 18 semesters of full-time payments or the equivalent. Students can track their remaining Pell Grant eligibility on the National Student Loan Data Base at www.nslds.ed.gov or through their Student Aid Report (SAR).
When determining Pell Grant eligibility for transfer students, aid received at another college within the award year will be used to calculate the remaining Pell Grant eligibility for the award year.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).