Pell Grant
U.S. Department of Education

Pell Grant

How can I apply for the Pell Grant?

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating post secondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

The maximum Pell Grant award for the 2015–16 award year (July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016) is $5,775. For the 2016–17 award year (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017), the maximum award is $5,815.  If you are eligible, the amount you receive will depend not only on your financial need, but also on your costs to attend school, 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 apply for student financial assistance, including the Pell Grant, by completing and submitting the FAFSA online.  To obtain a hard copy of the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST).

For more information, or to request additional publications on student financial assistance such as the Student Guide and Funding Your Education, call 1-800-433-3243 or download the publications at Student Aid on the Web.  Additional resources about scholarships, including general information, a scholarship checklist and a free scholarship search service, are available at Student Aid on the Web.


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  • Topic #: 28022-553
  • Date Created: 12/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 09/14/2016
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