Federal Pell Grant Information

General Program Information


Pell Grants are considered to be the first source of aid to the student. To receive a Pell Grant, a student must first complete the FAFSA. Additionally, a student must complete any other required items, which could include verification, and which a student can review through their UVLink account.

The minimum and maximum award amounts are determined annually by the Federal Government. The student's award amount is based upon the EFC, the cost of attendance, and the payment schedule issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

For continued eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, a student must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) each semester and continue to meet all other eligibility requirements. A student must complete a new FAFSA and other application requirements each award year. Please see our Eligibility page for more information.

For more information on the application process, please visit our How to Apply page.

General Terms, Conditions, and Eligibility Requirements


If you are eligible, a Pell Grant will be awarded and automatically accepted in the award package. If you do not want to accept the Pell Grant, you may contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to cancel the award. A full award encompasses two full-time semesters, totaling 100% for an award year. A semester disbursement cannot exceed 50%. If your Pell Grant is prorated due to less than full time enrollment, you may be able to use the difference for summer semester. For information on Pell Grants for Summer Semester, please visit our Summer Aid page.

Other Pell Grant Program eligibility requirements include:

  • You must be an undergraduate student who has not previously received a bachelor's degree.
  • You must not be currently incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution.
  • You may not exceed your Pell Lifetime Eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 added a time limit for students receiving Federal Pell Grants. A student may receive Pell Grants for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. If you have received a Pell Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters, you will no longer be eligible for a Pell Grant. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor if you have questions regarding your Pell Lifetime Eligibility percentage.
  • Please Note: A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but has not yet accepted that degree is not eligible for further additional federal student aid funds for that program. A student who completes all the requirements for a bachelor's degree but continues taking undergraduate courses without accepting that degree is not eligible to receive further Pell Grant funds.

Note to Students


Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor before making adjustments to your enrollment. Additionally, please see our Important Dates to Remember page for information on when awards are adjusted. Per federal regulation, students are not permitted to receive a Pell Grant at two schools in the same payment period.