Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant

Almost all federal grants are awarded to students with financial aid.  If you are interested in a federal grant, you have to start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FAFSA application must be filled out every year that you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid. Once you’ve done that, the US Department of Education will determine your eligibility for Federal Grant and notify your school.


The Federal Pell Grant is money that the U.S. federal government provides to eligible students to help with the cost of college; these funds are considered "gift aid" and do not need to be repaid
The Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.

For the 2022-2023 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is $6,895. However, the actual amount you receive will depend on the following:

  • your Estimated Family Contribution
  • your financial need,
  • your cost of attendance,
  • your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. 


  • You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
  • You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense.