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New Federal Pell Grant Limits

Effective for 2012-13, you can only receive Federal Pell Grant funding for the equivalent of 12 full-time terms, starting from the first time you received Federal Pell Grant funding. If you have already received the equivalent of or exceeded the 12 full-time term limit, you will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds. Calculate your Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used. You may view your current Pell Grant payments at NSLDS.

The US Department of Education is sending e-mails to students who are approaching or who have passed their Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility. There are no appeals or exceptions to the 12 full-time terms Pell Grant rule.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is based on financial need that does not need to be repaid. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added.


To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant you must meet these requirements each academic year:

  • Complete a FAFSA.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be a degree-seeking student (A.A., A.A.S., A.S., or bachelor's degree program) or an eligible certificate program.  
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC (expected family contribution) as determined by the FAFSA.
  • Have not previously received a bachelor's degree.
  • Must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program.
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress at SFSC.

Financial Assistance Services will verify your eligibility based on the information submitted on your FAFSA.

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