The Pell Grant program is the largest of the federal student aid grant programs and provides a "foundation" of financial aid to which assistance from other federal and non-federal sources may be added.
The Federal Pell Grant is available to students who have never received a baccalaureate degree and meet the general eligibility requirements.
The awards are based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) assigned by the federal government need analysis method, cost of education and the number of hours the student enrolls. The maximum annual grant may not exceed $5,550 for the 2012-13 award year (This fluctuates from year to year according to Congressional appropriations.) The maximum annual grant may not exceed $5,645 for the 2013-14 award year. To be eligible to receive a Pell Grant, the student's EFC has be be less than 5,273 for 2012-13 and 5,081 for 2013-14. Some less than half-time students may qualify for Pell Grants.
Effective with the 2012-13 award year, a student is eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant for a maximum of 12 semesters (or its equivalent). Once a student reaches 600% of his/her Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used, he/she will not be eligible to receive future Federal Pell Grants.
If a student chooses to return all or a portion of a Federal Pell Grant award, the student must deliver to the school a signed, written statement clearly indicating that the student is returning Pell Grant funds for which he or she is otherwise eligible and that the student understands that those funds may not be available once the award year is over. The student must return the funds directly to the school. A student may not return any Pell Grant funds frm a prior year that the student was otherwise eligible to receive.
In 2011-12, 54% of the undergraduates received a Pell Grant. Of the 1,328 Pell Grant recipients, 947 students were enrolled full-time.
Full-time Pell Grant Recipient Demographic Data
|Female: 667||White: 440
|American/Alaskan Indian: 14
|Pacific Islander/Hawaiian: 4
|Not Hispanic: 3|
| Not Specified: 3