July 1st marks the beginning of a new award year for Federal Student Aid, and along with it, some changes for Pell Grant-eligible students.
Pell Grant awards
Between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, you may qualify for a Pell Grant if your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results in an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) between 0 and 5576. Pell Grant award amounts vary, with a maximum award of $6,195 for the year.
The EFC number is listed on your Student Aid Report (SAR), which is sent to you after the FAFSA is completed.
Lifetime Pell limits
The lifetime limit for Pell eligibility (Pell LEU) is generally the equivalent of six award years, or 12 payment periods, of full-time attendance. The U.S. Department of Education keeps track of how much Pell Grant each student receives.
When you reach the limit, you will no longer be eligible for the Pell Grant. You can see your actual Pell LEU percentage here.