Financial Aid - Federal School Code: 006972

 Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is based on need. It is awarded to eligible students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) up to $5198 as determined by the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The estimated maximum Pell Grant award for the 2015-2016 academic year is $5,775. Unlike a loan, the Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. However in certain situations Pell Grant and loans may have to be paid back. Please See: Return of Title IV Funds

How is the amount of Pell Grant determined?

After your fees are paid, remaining Pell funds may be used by you for educational and living expenses. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time. If you do not receive your full annual Pell Grant during fall and spring semesters, you may be eligible for payment for summer courses.

Enrollment Status Chart 
Enrollment status is "set" at the Freeze Date each semester
(Fall 15 - Sept. 8; Spring 16-February 8)
 12 or more units
9 to 11.9 units
 6 to 8.9 units
 Less than 1/2-time
 .5 to 5.9 units


Duration of Eligibility: Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used

Under federal regulations, a student has 6 years (12 full-time semesters) of total Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). This includes all years Pell was received at all colleges ever attended. Using your Federal Student Aid PIN, you may view your LEU on the Financial Aid Review page of the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Some students may wish to save a portion of their Pell lifetime eligibility for transferring to complete a bachelor's degree. If you choose NOT to receive your Pell award during 2015-2016, please submit a Decline Pell Grant Form, downloadable from 2015-2016 Forms (on Forms & Links menu). If this is your choice, act quickly, as August 1, 2015 is the deadline to submit your request for it to be effective for Fall 2015. This form, completed and signed by you, is the only official way for you to formally decline your Pell scheduled award.  Requests made after you have received Pell funds CANNOT be honored.

The Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used regulation does not affect BOG Fee Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Cal Grants, or Chafee Grants.

See Student Alert about Repayment for information about repaying funds if you leave school.