Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added.

How much can I get?

The maximum Pell Grant award varies from year to year.  For the 2017-18 award year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) the maximum Pell award is $5,920. For 2018-19, it will be $6,095.  The actual amount you get, though, will depend not only on your financial need (which can change based on your FAFSA each year), but also on your costs to attend school, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

The maximum award amount is given for any Pell Grant eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept.11, 2001. You must be under 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time in college at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limits:  Beginning with the 2012-2013 year, students are limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters (or 6 years) of Pell Grant funding.  This US Department of Education policy includes all prior awards and students cannot appeal the termination of eligibility.  You can log into www.nslds.ed.gov to review your total Pell Grants used.

Year-round Pell:  Beginning with the 2017-2018 award year, an eligible student may receive up to 150 percent of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year.  If you receive your annual full-time Pell for fall and spring, and attend and earn at least 6 hours during summer, you may be eligible for an additional Pell award.  This is referred to as "Year-round Pell."  It is important to note that this does count against your lifetime eligibility limit for this program. 

For more information on the Federal Pell Grant Program, go to www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This federal grant is extremely limited in funding and therefore is only awarded to students who are eligible for the maximum Pell Grant.  Typically, students who meet the November 1 priority deadline for filing the FAFSA each year are considered, however, due to funding it may not be possible to fund all students who meet the priority deadline - please file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 each year and be sure to follow up with Lander University's Financial Aid Office immediately if additional information is requested.