Federal Pell Grant

Eligibility Criteria

2023-2024 Pell Grant Eligibility

To receive a 2023–2024 federal Pell Grant, you must

  • complete the FAFSA;
  • have an expected family contribution (EFC) of 6656 or less;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • be enrolled in a first-time bachelor’s degree program;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress; and
  • complete any verification requirements, if selected.
    • Changes to your eligibility after the verification process or a review of changed FAFSA data may result in changes to the amount of offered Pell Grant.

2024-2025 Pell Grant Eligibility

Students must meet all of the requirements listed above except for the EFC to be eligible for a 2024-2025 Pell Grant. Effective 2024-2025, Pell Grant eligibility is not directly tied to the calculation of the Student Aid Index (SAI). Instead, your eligibility may be determined by  your SAI (calculated Pell Grant) or by your family's Adjusted Gross Income, Family Size, and the poverty level in your state. Under these new considerations, students may automatically qualify for the maximum amount of Pell Grant, the minimum amount of Pell Grant, or a calculated amount.

Since maximum and minimum Pell Grant amounts are tied to AGI, family size, and the poverty levels, it is possible that you may be offered a Pell Grant without qualifying for any other need-based aid. 

General Pell Grant Information

  • Congress determines the maximum Pell Grant—the Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine who is eligible to receive the grant.
  • A Pell Grant alone will not cover tuition and fees. 
  • Pell-eligible students who enroll in a summer semester may qualify for additional summer Pell Grant funding
  • Amounts vary year-to-year based on the FAFSA data and federal grant funding.
  • Students of a parent or legal guardian who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11 may qualify for additional Pell Grant.

Common Pell Grant Questions

How much can I receive?
  • For 2023-2024:
    • The amount of Pell Grant funding a student is eligible for is affected by their enrollment status as a full-time, half-time or students enrolled less than half-time.
    • The maximum Pell Grant is $7,395
  • For 2024-2025:
    • The maximum Pell Grant is $7,395 and the minimum Pell Grant is $740
    • Pell Grant amounts are rounded to the nears $5
      • For example, if your calculated Pell Grant is $5,482, then you may receive $5,480
    • Pell Grants for students enrolled less than-full-time is now calculated based on the intensity of their enrollment
      • For example, if you are registered 9 credits and qualify for maximum Pell, then your Pell Grant is determined by this formula:
        • 9 credits divided by 12 credits = 75%
        • $7,395 x 0.75 = $5,546.25
        • Rounded to the nearest $5 = $5,545
  • Students may receive no more than 12 full-time semesters’ worth of Pell Grant funding (or the equivalent in less than full-time status).
    • Students can log into studentaid.gov to review how much Pell Grant funding they have received.
How do I increase my Pell Grant?

If your family has a change in financial circumstances, students can submit a Family Contribution Appeal to have their grant eligibility reviewed with respect to the changes.