Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

The Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is the sum of the percentages of your Federal Pell Grant awards that you received for each award year. The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over their lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.

Students can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years - 600%). You’ll receive an email notification if you are 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.