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Federal Pell Grant

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Federal Pell Grants are considered gift aid 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 figure, or EFC. This figure is used by ASU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to award federal Pell Grants, as well as other types of aid. 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 you are enrolled less than full time.

Factors affecting the amount of the Pell Grant award include the EFC, cost of attendance, enrollment status and whether or not your attendance is for the full academic year. Graduate- level courses that do not apply to the undergraduate degree are not eligible for the Pell Grant.

If you are enrolled less than full-time, a prorated amount will be disbursed to you (see our Census policy).

Pell Grant lifetime eligibility

Additional Information

In December 2011, Congress passed a spending bill that made changes to the eligibility of the Pell Grant program. Beginning in summer 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 learn more about Pell limits and determine your remaining eligibility, please click here

Remaining Pell

Pell-eligible students who attended less than full time during the fall or spring semesters may use remaining Pell eligibility during the summer.

Year-round Pell

Year-round Pell is available to enable eligible students to receive Pell Grant funds for the summer semester even if they received a full Pell Grant during the fall and spring terms. The additional Pell will be included in the total Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility noted above. To be considered for additional Pell Grant funds in the summer, you must:

  • Be Pell-eligible.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate program.
  • Be enrolled at least half time for the term the additional Pell is awarded.