Summer Pell Grant Eligibility

Federal Grants (Year-Round Pell and Summer Aid)

Year-Round Pell

The Federal Pell Grant Program allows eligible students to receive up to 150 percent of the student’s Federal Pell Grant scheduled award. This is known as “Year-Round Pell”. Students who were enrolled full time in the Fall and Spring semesters are allowed to receive up to an additional full Federal Pell Grant for the Summer. This source of financial assistance is a great way for students to complete their degrees faster.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant for the payment period.
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (link to SAP page)
  • Students must have utilized 100% of the Federal Pell Grant prior to receiving additional funds.

Things to Consider:

  • Only courses that count toward your program should be taken.
  • Summer Federal Pell counts toward a student’s Lifetime Eligibility Used.
  • Award amount cannot exceed the maximum award for one payment period.

Calculating Lifetime Eligibility Used

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is the amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student can receive over their lifetime. LEU is limited by federal law to the equivalent of six years and/or 600%.

Enrollment Status
LEU Percentage PER Term

Full-time (12+ credit hours)

50%

Three-quarter time (9-11 credit hours)

37.5%

Half-time (6-8 credit hours)

25%

Less than half-time (1-5 credit hours)

12.5%

Based on the table above, a student who is disbursed for full-time enrollment status for both the Fall and Spring semesters will have a LEU of 100% for the academic year. However, a student who is disbursed half-time enrollment status for the Fall (25% LEU) and full-time enrollment status for the Spring (50% LEU) will have a LEU of 75% for the Academic Year. To check their LEU percentage, students should visit the and log in using their FSA ID.


Examples of Year-Round Pell

Scenario A

The student was enrolled and disbursed full-time enrollment for the Fall and Spring semesters. The student enrolls in full-time enrollment for the Summer. Based on eligibility requirements, the student met the 100% during the Fall and Spring semesters and is eligible for an additional full-time disbursement for the summer.

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Enrollment Status

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Expected Family Contribution

0

0

0

Federal Pell Award Amount

$3,173

$3,173

$3,173

LEU Percentage

50%

50%

50%

 

Scenario B

The student was enrolled and disbursed full-time enrollment for the Fall and Spring semesters. The student enrolls in half-time enrollment for the Summer. Based on eligibility requirements, the student met the 100% during the Fall and Spring semesters and is eligible for an additional half-time disbursement for the summer.

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Enrollment Status

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Half- time
(6-8 credit hours)

Expected Family Contribution

0

0

0

Federal Pell Award Amount

$3,173

$3,173

$1,587

LEU Percentage

50%

50%

25%

 

Scenario C

The student was enrolled and disbursed full-time enrollment for the Fall and Spring semesters. The student enrolls in less than half-time enrollment for the Summer. Based on eligibility requirements, the student met the 100% during the Fall and Spring semesters and is eligible for an additional half-time disbursement for the summer.

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Enrollment Status

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Full- time
(12+ credit hours)

Less than Half-time
(1-5 credit hours)

Expected Family Contribution

0

0

0

Federal Pell Award Amount

$3,173

$3,173

Not eligible

LEU Percentage

50%

50%

 

 


Examples of Summer Aid

Students who were not enrolled full-time for the Fall and Spring term can still utilize their unused Federal Pell Grant. For the Summer term, unused aid from the Fall and Spring differs from the additional Year-Round Pell. View the examples below:

Scenario A

The student was enrolled in three-quarter time enrollment for the Fall and Spring semesters. Student enrolls in half-time enrollment status for Summer. The student is eligible for half-time disbursement for the summer.

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Enrollment Status

Three-quarter time
(9-11 credit hours)

Three-quarter time
(9-11 credit hours)

Half-time
(6-8 credit hours)

Expected Family Contribution

0

0

0

Federal Pell Award Amount

$2,380

$2,380

$1,585

LEU Percentage

37.5%

37.5%

25%

 

Scenario B

The student was enrolled in half-time enrollment for the Fall and Spring semesters. Student enrolls in half-time enrollment status for Summer. The student is eligible for half-time disbursement for the summer.

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Enrollment Status

Three-quarter time
(9-11 credit hours)

Three-quarter time
(9-11 credit hours)

Half-time
(6-8 credit hours)

Expected Family Contribution

0

0

0

Federal Pell Award Amount

$1.587

$1,587

$1,587

LEU Percentage

37.5%

37.5%

25%