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The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program and is the foundation of a student's total "aid package." Eligibility is determined by the federal government using a standard formula for all applicants and is based on information provided on your FAFSA application. Grant amounts are dependent on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), cost of education, enrollment status and whether you attend for a full academic year or less. You may NOT receive Pell grant funds from more than one school at a time.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant is $5,645 based on full-time enrollment for the school year (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014). Pell Grant awards are adjusted if you enroll in fewer than 12 units per semester.

For the 2013-14 academic year, the enrollment status for each semester (including summer) is:

Full-time

12 or more units

¾-time

9 to 11.5 units

½-time

6 to 8.5 units

Less than ½-time

Less than 6 units

 

For more information on Pell grants, click here for additional information from the Department of Education.

 

Lifetime Eligibility

 

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%. This includes Pell funding received at community colleges, vocational schools and four year public and private universities for the life of your academic career.

This is for six years at no more than 100% Pell per year (12 units or more for both Fall and Spring semesters).

 

For example, your Pell Grant for the year is for $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall, $1,000 in Spring and the remaining $1,000 in Summer. You have received the entire $4,000 or 100% for the year.

 

Once you have reached the 600% limit, you are not eligible for any additional Pell funding and there are not exceptions or appeals. Also, once you have earned a Bachelor’s Degree, you are no longer eligible for a Pell Grant even if you haven’t received the entire 600% eligibility.

 

FAQs

-          How can I find out what my Pell LEU is?

You can log on to National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page

-          I am returning to school for retrain for a new career, but used all my Pell eligibility getting my previous education. Can I appeal the 600% limit? Are there any exceptions for returning students?

Unfortunately, federal law does not allow exceptions of appeals of the 600%. It is final.

-          I have my Bachelor’s degree but did not use all my Pell eligibility. Am I eligible to receive Pell at Southwestern College?

No. Once you have earned your Bachelor’s degree, you are no longer eligible for Pell regardless of whether you have reached the 600% LEU.

 

Summer 2013 Pell Grant

To be eligible to receive a Summer 2013 Pell Grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must have a completed a FAFSA for the 2013-2014 academic year at Southwestern College.
  • You must not be disqualified based on the Financial Aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • You qualify for a 2013-2014 Federal Pell Grant and not have already used 100% of your eligibility during the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters.
  • You must enroll in and maintain enrollment in at least one class for the Summer 2013 term at Southwestern  College.

**Only students enrolled in summer classes at Southwestern College will be eligible for Summer Pell grants**

The Summer Financial Aid enrollment statuses are:

Full-time

12 or more units

¾-time

9 to 11.5 units

½-time

6 to 8.5 units

Less than ½-time

Less than 6 units

Important Reminder: Every student’s eligibility is different. Your actual Summer Pell Grant may vary depending on your EFC, your remaining Pell Grant eligibility, your summer enrollment status and your possible eligibility for a Second Pell Grant. Changes in your enrollment status will result in a change of your Summer Pell Grant award.

The disbursement date for Summer 2013 Pell Grants is the week of July 22nd.

Last updated: 7/1/2013 8:54:58 PM