Federal PELL Grant

Program Purpose

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree (A professional degree would include a degree in a field such as medicine, law, or dentistry). For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation of financial aid to which other aid may be added.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Institutions

Award Amount

PELL award maximums for the 2016-2017 award year are $5,815. You can receive only one Pell Grant in an award year. How much you get will depend not only on your expected family contribution (EFC), but also on your cost of attendance (COA), whether you're a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Application Process

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university the student applied to will notify the student if he/she is eligible.

Additional Information