Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students. Eligible students receive a specified amount each year under this program. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2010-11 award year is $5,550.Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating colleges and universities. Grant amounts depend on:

  • Expected family contribution (if the student is a dependent)
  • College costs
  • Enrollment status (full time or part time)
  • Whether the student attends for a full academic year or less

Schools participating in the Federal Pell Grant Program either credit the funds to the student's school account, pay the student directly (usually by check) or combine these methods.

To determine your eligibility for the Pell Grant program you must first complete a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form. In fact, almost all financial aid starts by filling out the FAFSA.