Annual & Aggregate Pell Limits
The Department of Education limits the amount of Pell grants you are awarded each FAFSA year (July 1st-June 30th) and over the course of a lifetime.
Each year, the FAFSA application will determine if you are eligible for a Pell grant and, if so, how much. Full Time undergraduate students will receive Pell disbursements in the first four (4) terms in the academic year in which they take at least 6-credits. If you attend full time without taking a term off, you will receive Pell disbursements in the Fall and Winter trimesters each year, and then be out of Pell until July 1st. If you attend attend half time, you may see partial Pell availability throughout the FAFSA year.
Pell is also limited over the course of your lifetime. As long as you remain eligible each year based on the FAFSA Application, you are allowed to receive up to 6 academic years of full time Pell grant disbursements before reaching your limit. This number is calculated as a percentage and you can receive up to 600% (6-years). If you do not use all of your Pell grant eligibility in a given year, only a percentage of that year’s eligibility will be subtracted from the 600% total.