Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell grant is considered to be the “foundation” of a student’s financial aid to which aid from other Federal and non-Federal sources may be added. The actual size of a grant award will depend upon the EFC number and enrollment status. Pell Grant does not have to be repaid except in cases involving a student’s complete withdrawal. To apply, students must complete all financial aid application procedures  and complete a “FAFSA” application.

There is a lifetime limit on the amount a Pell grant funds a student may  receive. All students may receive Pell grants for up to 12 semesters,  measured by percentage of scheduled award(s) disbursed up to 600%.

  • Once  a student has reached the lifetime limit of 600%, they are no longer  eligible to receive Pell grant funds.
  • Once student has a Bachelor’s degree, they are no longer eligible to receive Pell grant funds.

The Federal Pell Grant award is prorated when a student is enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in a semester (less than full time).  Depending on the amount of Pell grant eligibility, the chart below may not apply to all students.  Some students attending less than full time may not be eligible to receive a Pell grant award.

  • Students receive 25% of award when taking less than 6 semester hours.
  • Students receive 50% of award when taking 6-8 semester hours.
  • Students receive 75% of award when taking 9-11 semester hours.
  • Students receive 100% of award when taking 12 or more semester hours.

Students should register for classes that lead to the completion of their designated major. Financial Aid will not pay for classes taken outside of the student’s major on file at the time the student registers.

Pell recalculation is only performed during the add/drop period. Initial Pell will be adjusted if enrolment status changes within the add/drop period. However, Pell recalculation will not be performed once hours are frozen on the Pell recalculation date (Pell freeze date).  If a student registers for additional courses after the Pell recalculation date, no additional Pell grant funds will be made available for the added course.

Year-Round Pell

An eligible student may receive full Federal Pell Grant for summer 2020 even if they received a full Federal Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters.  Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise.

Note: The provisions of the law state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). To be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds:

  • Student must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period
  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time in the payment period(s) (6 credit hours) during the summer term
  • Student must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Transient Students

A transient student is a student who attends another college and will be in attendance at Jefferson State one semester and then return to their home institution. Transient students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Jefferson State.