Pell Grant Lifetime EligibilityFinancial Aid

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 in to Federal Student Aid and use your FSA ID to view your Pell LEU. Change the tab name from National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to Federal Student Aid. 

Federal Student Aid

How is my Federal Pell Grant LEU calculated?

Visit the website to find out how the Pell LEU is calculated.

Calculating Pell LEU


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