Federal Pell Grant

$5,815

Deadline Varies

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  • Scholarship Description
  • A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.

    Amounts can change yearly. For the current award year (July 1 to June 30), the maximum award is $5,815. The amount you get, though, will depend on:

    Your financial need, your cost of attendance, your status as a full-time or part-time student and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

    You can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years). You'll receive a notice if you're getting close to your limit. If you have any questions, contact your financial aid office.

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

    For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid's website.
  • Contact
  • Federal Student Aid
  • P.O. Box 84
  • Washington, DC 20044-0084
  • 800-433-3243

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Garrit S  on 4/25/2018 2:21:05 PM

How do I apply for this grant

Isabel  on 2/18/2018 2:12:17 PM

Can my daughter apply? She has moved back into our home because she can't afford to pay rent and we can't afford the dorms. she works part time, we try to help her like paying her car and car insurance, but we are getting in debit by using credit cards. How can she qualify while still living at home. She is a junior/senior in college.

April M  on 12/17/2017 2:03:04 PM

To Anonymous Poster: Yes, a federal pell grant is renewable every year. As long as your financial situation does not change, you can expect the same grant money.

Lindsey E  on 7/21/2016 5:47:53 PM

Is it possible to get a federal Pell grant every academic year? My daughter and I qualified for the max amount this year...if our financial situation does not change can we expect the same next year?

Hana M  on 5/31/2016 11:40:20 PM

I have worked hard to get where I am now. I am a student that maintains a 3.3 GPA. I complete on the track team at my university. I need help paying for education. I am going to school to get a criminal justice degree. The money I could receive would go to tuition.

ashtin h  on 5/14/2016 4:03:27 PM

i have a 3.3 gpa and i need money to pay for my books and i don't have the money to pay for my books and i was searching on the internet and i came across this site and i really need money for my schooling because the school that go to miles college is very expensive. i have the grades and the gpa so i should receive the grant

Dustin B  on 2/6/2016 2:11:16 PM

the fafsa asks for information from my parents but I don't live with them what does it matter how much my parents make a year if I no longer live with them?

Justice M  on 1/28/2016 12:48:42 PM

My parents recently got a divorce and now I'm needing help financially for school and rent. The rent is hard on my mom right now going through all of this. I'm a freshman in college and I also work everyday of the week.

Maribel N  on 10/2/2015 7:12:03 PM

Im a single mother of two kids , im also the first in my family to attend college. Im wanting to further my education and show my kids that no matter what circumstances you are in always be better then yesterday.

ivan h  on 9/7/2015 2:32:05 PM

first child to go to college need financial help to push thru my college career. need the smallest help to be able to pursue my career

Kayla S  on 8/16/2015 2:05:19 PM

single mom of two children under 3. Going back to school no matter what it takes to create a better future for my girls.

Margarita s  on 8/16/2015 12:41:49 PM

This would make me so happy to receive. I recently graduated high school, & I have a 2 year old. I'd love to beat statistics and have an amazing career for me and my daughter!

Madison M  on 8/15/2015 10:07:31 PM

Worried I will not get into College of Nursing because I have no cosigner.

Amina A  on 7/29/2015 7:02:33 AM

I am going to apply. Hopefully I win.

Keyonte M  on 7/26/2015 1:40:55 PM

Very needed to help my parents out. We do not have the money to come out of pocket to pay for college,

Thelma Dianne M  on 6/27/2015 6:53:48 PM

Money is the very tight and needing help to finish.

Robert L  on 4/15/2015 6:44:50 PM

I have not applied for this scholarship yet. I am going to apply not to use it towards my gaming degree at JJC. I would love to get this schoarship as it will of course help me pay for college, since I am paying for all of my tuition alone. Hope I win!

george h  on 4/9/2015 11:16:16 AM

Getting the Pell Grant would be ideal, fro me. I have high-honors standing with a 3.86 gpa. I do have Crohns' disease and am curently not employed.

Brandon M  on 4/8/2015 12:22:18 PM

I know I cannot get many of these because I'm considered dependent even though my parents do not help me and I have to do it all by myself. Between work and trying to pay all my bills and student loans I don't know if I will make it the entire four years.

Walker W  on 3/17/2015 2:55:30 PM

This grant is the reason I can attend community college in my area, but I still have to work part-time to support just myself.

Kendall S  on 7/31/2013 11:04:59 PM

I have not applied for this Pell Grant yet, I feel like if I apply for some reason or another I will not receive the grant. Money is tight for my family and I and I am dedicated to pursuing my career and furthering my knowledge by attending UH, in the fall. Money is the only thing holding me back. I have a great educational background and I have applied for many scholarships but have not received a single one. I am going to apply and hopefully there is still some hope. To all you college students out there don't give up and keep on pushing for success because once success knocks at your door, you will know exactly who's knocking.

Breanna G  on 12/2/2011 9:15:34 PM

A very useful grant, im definitely going to apply for it

Chelsea P  on 11/20/2011 8:23:36 PM

Thank you, Federal Pell Grant. Without it, I wouldn't be able to afford college, and I'd be a much unhappier person. For those of you who are applying: Fill out your FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) and if you are a full-time student demonstrating significant financial need they will consider you.

Blaine B  on 9/27/2011 7:52:33 AM

I"m going to apply to this because it seems like an easy one to get. I need all the help i can get to get into college because my family is poor. Also people, if you have not applied for fasfa i suggest you do. Its a BIG help!

Pearce D  on 5/20/2011 12:48:00 AM

My dad has been out of work ( a college grad) and he is now working as a janitor making very little. The Pell helped me through my junior year of college. With increases for the upcoming year I'm really praying for it again this year P.S.D

Valeria V  on 1/31/2011 8:32:17 PM

Pell grants are the best!!! Thanks for this past year's tuition!!

Jenifer R  on 12/1/2010 7:11:10 PM

i applied to this scholarship because i want to go to university of new orleans and with out it i wouldnt be able to go

Samantha M  on 10/21/2010 2:37:45 AM

I didn't have to apply they just offered it to me and i recieved the maximum grant

arianna t  on 5/29/2010 11:08:39 AM

Helpful but as said before this is not a scholarship. Your school will determine if you will recieve it.

Dillan P  on 7/30/2009 9:16:41 PM

Pell Grant is NOT a scholarship. You have to apply through FAFSA, which will determine if you are eligible. If you are eligible, the college you have been admitted to will supply you with the funding. If those of you below did not fill out a FAFSA form, contact your college financial aid office right away to discuss what you need to do and what options you have. Deadlines for FAFSA applications may have already passed for the upcoming school year. Good luck to everyone...I hope you all receive what you need.....God bless you all and don't give up...your future is worth every bit of time it takes to keep trying.

Jordan F  on 7/16/2009 4:08:36 PM

I have signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisburg College. I am very excited. Our home burned down and we are in the middle of rebuilding and our contractor took alot of money and did not complete the work. My parents are now in all types of litigation with all of that. I need scholarship money to be able to attend. I have some acedemic money but that is all. I will work hard and have a great work ethic on and off the football field. jbf

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