Federal Pell grants are gift assistances awarded to eligible undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree who demonstrate significant financial need.
To determine eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula established by Congress to evaluate the information reported on the FAFSA. The formula produces an expected family contribution (EFC) figure. This figure is used by Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to award Federal Pell grants, as well as other types of aid. Offered Pell grants are automatically accepted on your behalf.
The Pell Grant does not have a minimum enrollment status, but eligibility will vary based on your EFC if enrolled other than full-time.
Factors affecting the amount of the Pell Grant award include the EFC, cost of attendance (COA), enrollment status and whether or not your attendance is for the full academic year.
Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility
In December of 2011, Congress passed a spending bill that made changes to the eligibility of the Pell Grant program. Beginning in the summer of 2012, students are limited to a maximum lifetime Pell grant limit of the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of eligibility. There are no exceptions to this policy. To calculate your Pell grant lifetime eligibility used, please click here.
How much Pell grant am I eligible for?
The charts below will give you an estimate of your Pell grant award based on your EFC and COA. The last row of each page, highlighted, is the row that ASU normally uses. Please be aware this amount is the maximum amount you could receive for an academic year. If you are enrolled less than full-time, a prorated amount will be disbursed to you (see our Census policy).