Financial Aid

Financial Aid Eligibility

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Federal Pell Grant Program – Maximum Lifetime Eligibility

Due to recent federal budget cuts, students are now only eligible to receive a Pell Grant for a maximum of 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent.  If you have already exceeded the maximum lifetime eligibility, you will not be eligible for additional Pell Grants beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year.  Your utilization will be expressed as a percentage, equating the 12 full time semester limit to a maximum lifetime eligibility used of 600%.  Your utilization will be calculated by adding together each of the annual percentages of your previous Pell annual scheduled awards that were actually disbursed to you.

Examples:

Full time student - If you were a full time student both Fall and Spring in the 2012-2013 year and Fall and Spring in the 2013-2014 year, you would have received two years of 100% each of your award.  Therefore, you would have used a total of  200% of your total 600% lifetime limit.

Part time student - If you were only enrolled for one full time semester for the 2012-2013 year, you would have received 50% of your award for that year.  Then, in 2013-2014, if you were enrolled only three-quarter time both semesters, you would have received 75% of your award for that year. Together, you would have used a total of  125% of your total 600% lifetime limit.