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 $5,775 for the 2016-17 award year and $5,920 for the 2017-2018 award year. To be eligible to receive a Pell Grant, the student's EFC has be less than $5,234 for the 2016-17 award year and $5,328 for 2017-18 award year. Some less than half-time students may qualify for Pell Grants.
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 from a prior year that the student was otherwise eligible to receive.
In 2015-16, 43% of the undergraduates received a Pell Grant. Of the 1,605 Pell Grant recipients, 1,200 students were enrolled full-time.
Full-time Pell Grant Recipient Demographic Data