Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. If you have criminal records, you are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Unlike a loan, you do not have to replay four Federal Pell Grant. A student enrolled in a post baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.

Money awarded in Federal Pell Grant

The amount of money that you will get through Federal Pell Grant will depend upon:

  • Financial need
  • Cost of attendance
  • Status of a full-time or part-time student
  • Duration of the program

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,550 for the 2012–13 award year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013).

From July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters.


Please note that the amount can change annually.




If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan post 9/11, you may be eligible for additional Federal Pell Grant funds provided, at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death, you were either less than 24 years of age or enrolled in college at least part-time.

Payment Mode of Federal Pell Grant Recipients

Your school can apply Federal Pell Grant funds to your school costs, pay you directly, or combine these methods.
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