Pell Grant Lifetime Limit
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING
LIFETIME ELIGIBILITY USAGE OF FEDERAL PELL GRANTS
Recently, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 made several significant changes to federal student aid funding. The changes outlined by this law may affect you during your college enrollment. It is extremely important that you read and review the following information. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions.
A student is only eligible for twelve (12) full-time semesters of Pell Grant funding during his/her lifetime. This change in the duration of eligibility will affect all students, regardless of when first receiving Federal Pell Grant funding.
For example, if you were enrolled full-time during Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 (our current term) you will have used three of your twelve lifetime semesters of Pell Grant funding at the end of this semester.
However, if you were not enrolled full-time, you will have used only a portion of your lifetime semesters. For example, if Fall 2012 was your first semester in college and you only took six hours (half-time) for the Fall semester, you would have eleven full-time and one half-time semester remaining at the end of this semester.
Remember, these are national changes associated with ALL colleges and will affect your financial aid eligibility at ANY institution.
It is important for you to realize that the lifetime limit applies to all semesters of coursework in which you received Federal Pell Grant funds.
If your goal is to obtain a Bachelorís degree, you need to be sure to plan accordingly. Please meet with your advisor if you have questions regarding your degree plan.