LIFETIME ELIGIBILITY FOR FEDERAL PELL GRANT
Federal regulations (Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012) effective July 1, 2012
limit the receipt of a Pell Grant for up to 6 full-time years (600%), or 12 full-time
semesters. This law has significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program and affects
all students, regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. The
U.S. Department of Education will track the limits for student eligibility.
If a student has exceeded the 12 semester/600% maximum, he/she will be ineligible
for any additional Pell Grant and other federal and state grants. There is NO grandfather
clause, nor an appeal process for an LEU flag based on federal regulations. This regulation
is in effect even if the student has had an appeal approved for failure to meet satisfactory
academic progress in past semesters. It supersedes any prior offer of aid/award and
there is NO appeal or exception.
Once a student has earned a Bachelor’s Degree, he/she is no longer eligible for a
Pell Grant, even if he/she has not received the entire 600% eligibility.
HOW CAN I SEE MY LIFETIME ELIGIBILITY USED (LEU) PERCENTAGE?
You can log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and use your FSA ID
to view your Pell LEU.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
HOW IS MY FEDERAL PELL GRANT LEU CALCULATED?
Visit the website to find out how the Pell LEU is calculated.
Federal Student Aid