Pell Grants are awarded to financially needy undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree (a professional degree would include a degree in a field such as pharmacy or dentistry). For many students, Pell Grants provide a foundation for financial aid to which other aid may be added. Assuming the Federal Government approves the budget, the maximum Pell Grant for the 2017-2018 award year is $5920. The amount of Pell Grant a student receives is determined by:
- the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated using information provided on the FAFSA,
- the cost of attendance, and
- enrollment status (full-time or part-time).
Federal Pell Grants are applied directly to students’ accounts with the Student Accounts Office each semester.
For more information about this program, consult the Student Guide published yearly by the U.S. Department of Education.