A: Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 600% Lifetime Eligibility of Pell Grant or 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent). Students that are currently receiving Pell Grant and would have reached or exceeded their Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU of 600%) will no longer be eligible to receive Pell Grant. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant.
The maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%. Each full-time semester equates to 50% of your total LEU which yields a maximum percentage of 600% for 12 semesters. This means that:
If you received a full-time federal PELL award for both the fall and spring semesters, you have used 100% of your 600% lifetime maximum;
If you received a half-time award in the fall semester and a full-time award in the spring semester, you have used 75% of your 600% lifetime maximum;
If you received a half-time award in the fall semester and a half-time award in the spring semester, you have used 50% of your 600% lifetime maximum;
The Department of Education keeps track of your LEU by adding together the percentages of the Pell Grant awards that you received for each award year.
To view your LEU, log on to the NSLDS (National Student Loan Data System) Student Access Web Site
using your Federal Student Aid PIN. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.
For more information about Pell Lifetime Eligibility visit the Financial Aid