Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were a Pell eligible student in fall and/or spring, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for summer!
To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:
- Have completed a FAFSA
- Be Pell Grant eligible
- In most cases, there is a requirement to enroll at least half-time (6+ credits)
- Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining
Important facts to note:
- Pell Grant alone may not be enough to cover the full cost of attending classes in the summer.
- Many students use their full loan eligibility over the fall and spring semesters, leaving nothing available for summer. If possible, students should reserve some of their annual federal loan eligibility for the summer.
- Eligible students may receive up to three Pell awards in one academic year.
- The maximum timeframe that students may receive Federal Pell Grant is the equivalent of twelve full-time semesters or 600%. One full-time semester of Pell equals 50%.
Check your Lifetime Eligibility
You can check for your remaining eligibility level online by logging on to nslds.ed.gov using your FSA ID. View your Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU) on the Financial Aid Review page.
Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant
If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.
If you enrolled part-time fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (depending on your EFC and enrollment status).
Dropping, Withdrawing or Failing Classes
It is possible that you could owe money back for all or part of your Federal Pell Grant if you do not complete classes that you registered for in the summer. The amount you may owe will be calculated based on the drop date, the number of credits and the last day that you attended classes.