In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). Some students who received the Pell grant in the past may no longer be eligible for the reasons below:
If you have attended college for 4 years or longer, receiving the Pell Grant each year, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Pell Grant eligibility.
The percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime enrollment status. For students with an annual award and attending 12 or more credits in each semesters (Fall and Spring for example), the percentage used for the academic year is 100%. If you only attend 9 credits for two semesters, your percentage used for the academic year would be 75%.
You may view your percentage of Pell grant used by logging into www.NSLDS.ed.gov.
Please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.
Please contact the Student Business Center located in the University Center or send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: It is possible that students may be awarded Pell grant for the academic year before final determination of eligibility. If you are awarded Pell grant funds and later found to have exceeded the lifetime limit, the award will be cancelled and you could be responsible for any resulting balances.