Federal Pell Grant

How to Apply for the Federal Pell Grant

Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to apply for the Federal Pell Grant.



Who is Eligible for Federal Pell Grant

In order to qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, students must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be a degree-seeking student or enrolled in an eligible certificate program.
  • Have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA. Click here for a short video about your EFC.
  • Have not previously received a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. 


How Long You Can Receive the Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant funding is limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time terms (lifetime eligibility), starting from the first time you received Federal Pell Grant funding. If you have already received the equivalent of or exceeded the 12 full-time term limit, you will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds. Pell Grant payments can be viewed on NSLDS.

There are no appeals or exceptions for the life-time eligibility Pell Grant rule.