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.
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.