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.
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:
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.