Admissions:: Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students that demonstrate financial need and who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Students eligible for Pell Grants are awarded for the entire academic year (fall/spring). Pell Grants cannot be awarded to a student at more than one institution during the same semester.


Students who receive Pell Grants are awarded at full-time enrollment status. Students with an EFC of 0 will be awarded the maximum Pell amount.


All students eligible for Pell Grants are awarded at full-time enrollment status, however, Pell Grant disbursement is prorated based on actual enrollment status. A student’s enrollment at census (12th class day for Fall/Spring 16-week semesters) will be the final enrollment status used for Pell Grant disbursement.

12 or more credit hours100%
9 – 11 credit hours75%
6 – 8 credit hours50%
3 – 5 credit hours25%

A minimum enrollment of 3 credit hours is required for Pell Grant disbursement. Students with higher EFCs that are enrolled in less than 6 credit hours may not receive a disbursement due to proration.


Effective July 1, 2012, students can receive no more than 12 semesters of full-time Pell Grant awards during their academic lifetime. Students that met or are near their lifetime eligibility will receive a notification from the Department of Education and possibly our office. For more information, visit How is my Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used calculated?

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