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Pell Grants

Pell Grants


Overview of Pell Grants available through financial aid


A Federal Pell Grant is a grant for undergraduates from the government that does not have to be repaid. Your first step in applying for a Pell Grant is completing a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The specific amount you’re awarded is based on a number of factors, including cost of attendance, enrollment status, and financial need. You must be enrolled in an eligible academic program and be making satisfactory academic progress.  

If you’ve already earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree, you won’t be eligible to receive Pell or state grants, but you may be eligible to receive Direct Loans or Federal Work-Study funds.

Financial Aid for Part-Time Students

In order to receive your full Pell Grant award, you will need to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester. In most cases, you will be able to receive a reduced amount if you attend part time: 75 percent for ¾ time, 50 percent for half-time, and 25 percent for less than half-time. 

Pell Lifetime Eligibility 

The amount of federal Pell Grant funds you may received over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years, which is equivalent to 12 full-time semesters. If you’re concerned about exceeding this timeframe, you should speak with a Financial Aid Office representative, either by visiting our Financial Aid Office in the Bailey Student Services Building or by emailing financialaidoffice@abtech.edu.

Pell Grants for Summer

If you were a full-time student and received Pell Grant funds for both the fall and spring semesters, you will not have any Pell Grant remaining for the summer. If you were enrolled less than full-time for the fall and/or spring semesters, you may be eligible for some Pell Grant funds for the summer semester.

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