The Federal Pell Grant is free assistance funded by the federal government. Recipients must be enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a certificate or associate’s degree and meet all other required eligibility criteria.
To receive a Federal Pell Grant, an eligible student’s expected family contribution (EFC) must be less than or equal to the maximum figure established by the federal government for the academic year. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award amount for the 2020-2021 award year is $6,345.
Students may receive less than the maximum award depending not only on financial need but also on the estimated cost to attend school, full-time or part-time status, and intent to attend for a full academic year or less.
Additional eligibility criteria include Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree may not receive the Federal Pell Grant.