The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program for undergraduates who demonstrate financial need. The amount of the Pell Grant is based on the cost of attendance, the Expected Family Contribution, and the number of units the student is enrolled in. Eligible students receive payments twice each semester. Students may be awarded up to the maximum amount of $6,345 per year (2020-2021). See Pell Grant matrix here.
Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used
The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds
a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a new
federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding.
Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive
each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.
You may have received one of the following:
Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) notifications from the Financial Aid Office.
Pell Grant LEU 600% or more
Pell Grant LEU 500-600%
To learn more about Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used please continue reading.
How is my Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used calculated?
Scheduled Award: The maximum amount of
Pell Grant funding you can receive is calculated for an “award year.”
An award year is a period from July 1 of one calendar year to June 30 of
the next calendar year. Your “scheduled award” is partially determined
by using your expected family contribution (EFC) that is calculated from
the information you (and your family) provided when you filed your
FAFSA. Your scheduled award is the maximum amount you would be able to
receive for the award year if you were enrolled full-time for the full
school year. Your scheduled award represents 100% of your Pell Grant
eligibility for that award year.
Percent Used: To
determine how much of the maximum six years (600%) of Pell Grant you
have used each year, the Department compares the actual amount you
received for the award year with your scheduled award amount for that
award year. Of course, if you receive the full amount of your scheduled
award, you will have used 100%. Some students do not receive their
entire scheduled award for an award year. There are a number of reasons
for this, the most common of which are that the student was not enrolled
for the full year or that the student was not enrolled full-time, or
you did not receive the full amount of your scheduled award, we
calculate the percentage of the scheduled award that you did receive.
For example, if your scheduled award for an award year is $5,000, but
because you were enrolled for only one semester you received only
$2,500, you would have received 50% of the scheduled award for that
award year; or if you received only $3,750 for the award year because
you were enrolled three-quarter-time and not full-time, you would have
received 75% for that year.
Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU): The
Department keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages
of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award
How can I see my Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage?
Students are able to log on to our
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Student Access Web site using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view
your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.