Summer Pell Grant (Year-Round Pell)

Summer Pell Awards for Undergraduate Students

Pell Grants for Summer Terms

Funding for Year-Round Pell has been reinstated.  This means that students can receive additional Pell for summer terms within the academic year. This can allow you to stay on track for graduation or even to complete your bachelor’s degree early. However, to earn your remaining Pell Grant you have to be registered for at least six credits during the summer.

The program is known as Year-Round Pell and students may receive a Pell Grant for up to 150 percent of their scheduled award. For example, if you are awarded $6,095 for the year, then under the Year Round Pell program students may receive up to 3,047.50 for attending college in the summer.

Students taking less than 6 credits during the summer, may be eligible for a Pell Grant awards if they have filed the upcoming year’s FAFSA, are Pell eligible and have remaining Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) left.

Eligibility for Year-Round Pell

To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have completed a FAFSA
  • Complete Verification (if required)
  • Resolve all financial aid "To Do List" items for missing application information (if required)
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Enroll in summer classes
  • Enroll at least 6 credit hours
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining

LifeTime Pell Eligibility

The maximum time frame that students may receive a Pell Grant is equivalent of 12 full-time semesters or 600 percent. Summer Pell awards will apply towards the Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). One full-time semester of a Pell award is equal to 50 percent. To check your remaining Pell, log onto https://nslds.ed.gov using your FSA ID. The federal government measures this in the following manner:

If a Pell Grant is disbursed in a semester:

Credits Attempted Lifetime Eligibility Used
Full-time enrollment (12 credits or more) 50.0%
Three Quarters time enrollment (9-11 credits) 37.5%
Half-time enrollment (6-8 credits) 25.0%
Quarter-time enrollment (3-5 credits) 12.5%

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell

  • If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6 credits) in summer classes to receive the remainder summer Pell Grant.
  • If you enrolled part-time fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant. You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.

Examples of how Year Round Pell Works

Below are various scenarios in which a student is awarded Year-Round Pell based on receiving the maximum Pell Grant (0 EFC) of $6,095 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student 1

Term Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 12 credits (full time) 12 credits (full time) 6 credits
Pell Award $3047.50 $3047.50 $1523.75
LEU Used 50% 50% 25%

Student 2

Term Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 12 credits (full time) 9 credits (3/4 time) 6 credits
Pell Award $3047.50 $2285.50 $1523.75
LEU Used 50% 37% 25%

Student 3

Term Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 12 credits (full time) 12 credits (full time) 12 credits
Pell Award $3047.50 $3047.50 $3047.50
LEU Used 50% 50% 50%

Student 4

Term Summer Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 3 credits 12 credits 12 credits 6 credits
Pell Award $761.88 $3047.50 $3047.50 $1523.75
LEU Used 12.5% 50% 50% 25%

There is a lifetime aggregate limit of six years for Pell or its part-time equivalent.  If you are close to or have reached that limit, you will not be eligible for or see a reduction in your summer Pell award. Check the Federal Student Aid website for more information about and how to view your Pell LEU usage.