What is the Pell Grant lifetime limit?

Because the annual cap changes every year, there is no dollar amount allocated to the lifetime limit of the Pell grant. You can get a Pell bursary equivalent to 12 semesters of full-time education, or about 6 years. You may soon reach your Pell-Grant lifetime limit - for example, if you attend a summer school. Or, if you are not full-time, it may take more than six years to reach a lifetime limit.

How does Pell grant lifelong restrictions?

The longest life is based on the year, not the dollar. If you are a full-time student, regardless of the amount, the reward you receive is 100% of the Pell Scholarship qualification. It is worth 100% per year and each student can get up to 600% in their lifetime.

In a given year, you can use more than or less than 100% of your Pell Grant eligibility. Once you reach 600%, you can't get a Pell grant at any school. There is no appeal procedure. If you complete your degree in less than six years, if you return to school and earn an undergraduate degree, you are still eligible for the Pell Scholarship.

The percentage you receive will be credited to your Lifetime Qualification (LEU). You can track your PELL LEU by logging into the National Student Loan Data System using the Federal Grants ID. You can find your LEU on the Grants Review page. You will also be notified when you are close to the maximum value of life.

If you spend six years of full-time study each fall and spring semester, you can reach a lifetime limit within six years. You can also reach your Pell Grant lifetime limit in advance or over six years, depending on factors including your registration status.


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