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 2021-2022 award year, the maximum Pell Grant award is $6,495. 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.
  • FEDERAL PELL GRANT eligibility


    Effective with the 2017-18 academic year, the US Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2017, allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the student's scheduled award for an award year.

    Example: A Pell eligible student who is enrolled full-time (50%) in the fall semester, and full-time (50%) in the spring semester can be eligible to receive a full-time (50%) Pell award over the summer semester if enrolled.

    • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in the payment period for which the student receives the additional Pell Grant funds.
    • The Pell Grant amount will be calculated based on the student's Pell Grant usage and remaining eligibility at the 100% scheduled award plus the additional 50%.
    • Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).


    Effective on July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years - 600%). You’ll receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit. 

    • 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.

    Here are some examples of why you might have to repay all or part of a federal grant:

    • You withdrew early from the program for which the grant was given to you.
    • Your enrollment status changed in a way that reduced your eligibility for your grant (for instance, if you switch from full-time enrollment to part-time, your grant amount will be reduced).
    • You received outside scholarships or grants that reduced your need for federal student aid.
    • For a TEACH Grant, you did not meet the requirements of your TEACH Grant service obligation.
  • Contact Info

    Lyle Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 241

    Office Hours:
    Standard: Mon.-Fri. 8:00am to 4:30pm (mid-Aug. to mid-May); Summer: Mon.-Fri. 8:00am to 4:00pm (mid-May to mid-Aug.)

    Phone: 717-871-5100                           
    Fax:  717-871-7980 
    Email: fa.mail@millersville.edu

    USPS Mailing Address:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Millersville University
    P.O. Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302

    Address for UPS/FedEx:
    Office of Financial Aid
    Lyle Hall, 2nd Floor
    40 Dilworth Rd
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302