Pell Grants Available for Summer Students

An eligible student may receive the Federal Pell Grant for summer 2019 even if they received a full Federal Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters. Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year to allow students to continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise.

With careful planning, Pell Grant recipients may take advantage of this regulation to earn their degree faster. However, students should keep in mind the summer term is short term (5-10 weeks of instructional time) compared to fall and spring semesters (16 weeks of instructional time). Students should also consult with their academic advisor to develop a manageable course load for the shorter summer term. Enrollment status are the same for fall, spring or summer. Full-time: 12 or more credit hour; Quarter-time: 9-11 credit hours; Half-time: 6-8 credit hours ; Less than half-time: 1-5 credit hours. Students are not required to carry a full-time load.

To be eligible for additional (150%) Pell Grants funds students must be:

  • Pell eligible based upon FAFSA results
  • Enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during the summer term
  • Maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) remaining

For students who were enrolled part-time (less than 12 credit hours) for fall 2018 or spring 2019, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC from your FAFSA results). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during the summer with no minimum credit requirement.

Note: The provisions of the law state that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s 600% Pell Grant duration of eligibility and Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) limits.

The financial aid office is currently processing summer awards. Students can view their awards and account summary via the student Self-Service Portal.

If the Financial Aid Office requested additional information from you during your financial aid process, please click here to view the list of forms.

General Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid eligibility is based on taxable income, untaxed income and benefits, assets, family size, and the number of family members attending post-secondary institutions, as well as other factors. Other eligibility requirements include your academic performance record, enrollment status, state residency, and student loan borrowing history.

  • Admission application on file. Note: You may apply for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to completing an Admission’s application but be aware the Financial Aid Office will not be able to import, view and process your FAFSA until an Admission’s student record has been established.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen (such as a permanent resident)
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male 18 years of age or older
  • Making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) if you have attended previously
  • Be in good standing with any student loans (not in default)

For more information visit our How to Apply page


The first step to receiving aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students wishing to be considered for state aid, as well as, federal and campus-based programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG and Federal Work-Study, must have their FAFSA submitted to the federal processor no later than July 1.