Federal Pell Grant

A Pell Grant is a subsidy the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college.


  • Pursuing either a certificate, associates, or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Not currently incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution.
  • Cannot receive a Pell Grant at two schools in the same semester.

Pell Recalculation

Amount will be adjusted to reflect actual enrollment up until the Pell Recalculation Date.

On this date your enrollment is locked, and if you add a class after this date, you will not receive additional Pell Grant to help pay for the added class.

Award Amount

Based on enrollment

  • Full-time (12 or more credits)
  • 3/4-time (9-11 credits)
  • 1/2-time (6-8 credits)
  • Less than 1/2-time (1-5 credits)

See Example

Example: If you have been awarded $1,000 in Federal Pell Grant for one term, you will receive the following amount based on your enrollment:


  • Full-time = $1,000


  • 3/4-time = $750


  • 1/2-time = $500


  • Less than 1/2-time = $250


Pell Grant is sent automatically to the Bursar's Office beginning the first day of the semester.

Your Pell will first pay your outstanding tuition and fees.

After this balance is paid, any excess financial aid will be refunded to you either by check, or through direct deposit (which you may set up in your myUVU student account).

Continued Eligibility

  • Complete a new FAFSA each award year.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester.
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • 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.
  • Students may receive Pell Grant for up to three full-time semesters in one year.
  • For the third semester, students must be enrolled at least six credit hours.

To Whom Your Federal Student Aid Information is Sent

Federal Pell Grant and Loan information is sent to the U.S. Department of Education. This information is then included in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and is accessible to you and authorized agencies, lenders, servicers, and institutions.

View Your Pell Grant & Loan History