Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grant is money the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with financial need and who have not earned their first bachelor's degree.

  • Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.
  • The U.S. Department of Education determines student's eligibility for this source.
  • For the 2016-2017 academic year, the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,815 for a full-time student. 
  • Awarded to degree seeking undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Can be awarded for less than 6 credits, if the student is eligible.


In April 2012, the U.S. Department of Education implemented a change made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The change limits the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant to the equivalent of six years (12 semesters or 600%).

If your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) equals or exceeds 600%, you may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Similarly, if your LEU is greater than 500% but less than 600%, while you will be eligible for a Pell Grant for the next award year, you will not be able to receive a full scheduled award.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, more commonly known by its acronym FSEOG, is a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest need for financial aid to attend school.

    • SEOG does not have to be repaid.
    • Awarded to degree seeking undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree.
    • Administered by the Office of Financial Aid.
    • Priority is given to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant.
    • Students must have exceptional financial need.
    • Due to the availability of funds at the school, there is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive an FSEOG.
    • Maximum yearly award at Millersville University is $800.