- Does not need to be repaid
- Based on financial need, as determined by results of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Awarded to undergraduates who have not yet earned a bachelor's or professional degree
- Must have received either a high school diploma or General Educational Development certification (among new applicants, not enrolled by July 1, 2012)
- The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2016-17 year is $5,815. Your award amount depends on your financial need, your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
- You can only receive a Pell Grant for up to a maximum of 12 semester or the equivalent
You must be eligible for federal financial aid to receive the grant.
For more information
- Talk to your high school guidance counselor.
- Contact your college's financial aid office.
- Call the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4-FED-AID (433-3243).
- Visit the Student Aid on the Web Federal Pell Grant page