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Federal Pell Grant

New Pell Grant Limits

In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program. Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students that are currently receiving the Pell grant in the academic year 2012-2013 and have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2013.

How do I know if this affects me?

If you have attended college for 4 years or longer, receiving the Pell Grant each year, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Pell Grant eligibility.

Whether you have used all of your Pell Grant eligibility or not, please remember the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.

Can I see my lifetime Pell Grant used?

You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging onto www.NSLDS.ed.gov. Your ‘Lifetime Eligibility Used’ percentage will be displayed in the ‘Grants’ section.

How is the percentage used calculated?

The percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime enrollment status. For students with an annual award for the 2013-2014 academic year, attending 12 or more credits in each semester (Fall and Spring for example), the percentage used for the 2013-2014 academic year is 100%. If you only attended 9 credits for two semesters, your percentage used for the academic year would be 75%.

**Please remember that if you received Year Round Pell in the 2010-2011 or 2011-2012 school years, you may have used 200% in one year, or 400% between the two years.

I have questions about this, who do I call?

Office of Student Financial Assistance 936-468-2403

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