Calculate the amount of your semester Federal Pell Grant award amounts by using the award schedule chart (linked below) and information from your paper or electronic Student Aid Report (SAR). If you don't have your SAR, you may access your SAR information online and download a copy at: www.fafsa.ed.gov/FOTWWebApp/studentaccess.jsp. You will need your Federal PIN to view and download your SAR.
2012-2013 Pell Award Chart
Using the Chart
To use this chart, you need to know your expected family contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status. If you need information on how to calculate your correct enrollment status, click on the enrollment status link. Your EFC can be found on your SAR.
- Locate your EFC on your paper or electronic SAR.
- On the Pell Grant Award Schedule, look at the left-hand column labeled "EFC" and find the range of numbers containing your particular EFC.
- Look at the columns to the right labeled with the four different enrollment statuses. The appropriate Pell Grant award amounts for every EFC are printed for each enrollment status. Find the column for your enrollment status and move across the same row as your EFC until you find the award amount for your particular enrollment status.
If you have chosen direct deposit as your preferred method of disbursement, your Pell Grant funds will be available in your direct deposit account.
If you did not select direct deposit as your preferred method of disbursement, your fall and spring semester checks will be mailed to you.
To qualify for any federal financial aid payments, you must actually begin attendance in your classes. Before disbursing your Pell Grant, we will verify your enrollment status with the Registrar. If you are excessively absent from a class during the first five weeks of the semester, the Registrar may record you as having unofficially withdrawn from that class. The credits for any course from which you have withdrawn, unofficially or otherwise, are not counted in calculating your enrollment status, even though you may still be charged for these courses. If you receive a completion grade in any course not included for payment in your Pell Grant check, you may request an award recalculation at the end of the semester.
Withdrawals and Overpayments
Federal regulations specify that you must attend at least 60 percent of the semester before you become eligible for 100 percent of your federal student aid awards for that term. If you withdraw from all your classes before you have completed at least 60 percent of the semester, the college must determine what portion of your federal awards you are entitled to receive according to an attendance formula prescribed in federal regulations. If you have received, or the college has received on your behalf, more federal student aid funds than the formula allows, you will have to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled. If you fail to repay any award amount to which you were not entitled, you risk losing your eligibility for future federal aid payments.
In accordance with federal guidelines and university policy, you must be making satisfactory progress in your program of study in order to remain eligible for federal award programs. You will be measured for satisfactory progress once each year after the spring term and notified by mail if you are found not to be meeting the satisfactory progress standard.
Summer Pell Grant Eligibility
Detailed information on summer aid eligibility for all types of aid including the Pell Grant is available on our Summer Aid page.
Pell Grant Book Advance
Since Federal Pell Grant awards are paid just before midterm in the fall and spring semesters, the Office of Financial Aid schedules an advance payment of Pell for eligible students at the beginning of those semesters. These advance payments are intended to give you a portion of your award early to help you purchase books and supplies. The Office of Financial Aid schedules a date at the beginning of each term for the distribution of the advance. The amount of your Pell Advance can be up to $500, but depends on the amount of available Pell Grant remaining after your tuition and fees are paid.