Federal Financial Aid
Federal Pell Grant: Need-based grant which serves as the foundation to which other sources of aid are added. Awards range from $639 to $6,345. Available to full-time and part-time undergraduates. Eligibility is based on:
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- Cost of Attendance
- Enrollment status (full-time or part-time)
The Pell Grant has a lifetime limit of six years, or the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters.
Year-Round Pell Grant: Students who are eligible for a Pell Grant may be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funding in the Summer.
To be eligible for a Summer Pell Grant, students must:
- File the FAFSA for the upcoming year
- Complete all verification requirements (if applicable)
- Register for at least 6 credits for the summer term
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
- Submit a Summer Aid Request Form
Note: Any Pell Grant received in the Summer will count toward your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU).
What is the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)?
The Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used is the amount of Pell Grant funds you receive over your lifetime. LEU is expressed as a percentage. Pell is limited by federal law to six years of funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
You can log on to National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at www.studentaid.gov using your FSA ID. The LEU can be found on the Financial Aid Review page.
What happens if I drop below half-time (6 credits) enrollment in the Summer?
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.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): This grant is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $400-$1,000 per academic year.
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS): This need-based program enables students to work part-time on campus while gaining valuable work experience. Students are paid on a biweekly basis.
Federal Direct Loan Program: This program provides low-interest loans to students and parents. Direct Loans are available in the Summer for students who are enrolled at least half-time