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Beginning last summer, the U.S. Department of Education created a program allowing students to receive additional Pell funding in the summer term even if they attended full-time in Fall and Spring. There are a few restrictions, but this table represents how you can figure out whether you can receive Pell for Summer. However, students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in the third term to receive the additional Pell Award.

For example, if you were Pell eligible and attended a school that considers their academic year to start in the fall, these schools are typically referred to as “summer trailers,” and you took 12 credits in the fall and 12 credits in the spring then under the old rules you would have exhausted your full Pell award. Under the old rules, you would not have any Pell remaining if you wanted to attend in the summer. However, the new rules will provide Pell grant funds if you exhausted your Fall/Spring Pell eligibility and attend at least 6 credits in the summer.

If you took:

To get Pell in the summer you need:

Fall

Spring

Summer

0-11 credits

0-11 credits

1 or more credit*

(Remaining Pell eligibility repackaged)

0-11 credits

12 or more credits

1 or more credit*

(Remaining Pell eligibility repackaged)

12 or more credits

0-11 credits

1 or more credit*

(Remaining Pell eligibility repackaged)

12 or more credits

12 or more credits

6 or more credits*

(Additional Summer Pell grant awarded)


*
Keep in mind that your Pell grant is prorated based on the number of credits you enroll in each term. Awards are initially offered based on full-time enrollment. Some students who have only partial Pell eligibility will not receive Pell at less than half-time or half-time enrollment. You may view the proration of your Pell based on your actual enrollment using the "Account Inquiry" tool in the Student Center.


Credit hours taken

Enrollment status

12 or more credit hours per term

Full-time

9-11 credit hours per term

Three Quarter Time

6-8 credit hours per term

Half Time

1-5 credit hours per term

Less than half time


There are a few things that are important to remember about YRP:

  • If you did not use 100% of your scheduled Pell award due to being enrolled less than full-time in the first two terms in the academic year, you may still be eligible to receive Pell at any enrollment level in the third term. You should consult with your Financial Aid counselor if you have questions.

  • If you have exhausted 100% of your scheduled Pell award in the first two terms of the academic year, then you MUST be enrolled in at least 6 credits, as of the last day to drop classes for the term, in order to receive any additional Pell award in the third term.

  • Pell Lifetime Eligibility is still limited to 6 full-time awards. In the last scenario above you will have used 1.5 full-time awards. This means you could do this 3 more times and then you will no longer be eligible to receive any Pell.

If you have any questions about your specific Pell grant eligibility, please contact a Financial Aid counselor.

Last updated: 2020-05-15 10:37 AM 1-1528718
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