Grants

Federal Pell Grant (FPELL)
To get a Pell grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must be an undergraduate student who does not have a bachelor's or a professional degree. If you are enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate program, you also may receive a Pell grant. The amount depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. If you received a Pell Grant for the first time on or after July 1, 2008, you can only receive the Pell Grant for up to 12 semesters or the equivalent this is called Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). 

Year Round Pell

Previously, students that on average enrolled in 9 or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters would have used all or most of the Pell Grant awarded and have little to no Pell Grant remaining for summer; the maximum allowed amount per academic year was 100 percent.

Effective Summer 2018, the Pell Grant allowed amount per academic year has been increased from 100 percent to 150 percent; the Pell Lifetime Eligibility (LEU) limit of 600 percent still applies.

Depending on a student's enrollment during fall and spring semesters, a student may be eligible for the additional Pell Grant (2nd Pell) for summer. If the student's combined fall, spring, and summer Pell grant award exceeds 100 percent, then a student must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to receive the summer Pell Grant disbursement.

Examples on possible summer Pell Grant awarding.

Student A

The student has used 100 percent fall and spring, but is not eligible for summer Pell because the total credit hours are less than the minimum 6 credit hours.

Semester Credit Hours Pell (%)
Fall 12 $3048 (50%)
Spring 12 $3048 (50%)
Summer 5 0 (0%)

Student B

The student has used 100 percent fall and spring, and is eligible for summer Pell because the total credit hours are more than the minimum 6 credit hours. Semester Credit Hours Pell (%)

Semester Credit Hours Pell (%)
Fall 12 $3048 (50%)
Spring 12 $3048 (50%)
Summer 6 $1524 (25%)

Student C

The student has used 87.5 percent fall and spring. As the total is below 100 percent, the minimum credit hour is at least 1 credit hour. Semester Credit Hours Pell (%)

Semester Credit Hours Pell (%)
Fall 9 $2286 (37.5%)
Spring 12 $3048 (50%)
Summer 3 $762 (12.5%)

Student D

The student has used 50 percent for only one semester(fall or spring). As the total is below 100 percent, the minimum credit hour is at least 1 credit hour. Semester Credit Hours Pell (%)

Semester  Credit Hours Pell (%)
Fall 0 $0 (0%)
Spring 12 $3048 (50%)
Summer 9 $2286 (37.5%)

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)


The maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%. The 12-semester or six-year equivalent is 600%. The 600% includes Pell grant received during your complete undergraduate matriculation.The Federal Pell schedule of 100% includes the following breakdown for a semester:

• Full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester) = 50% Pell Grant
• Three-quarters time enrollment (9, 10 or 11 credits per semester) = 37.5% Pell Grant
• One-half - time enrollment (6, 7 or 8 credits per semester) = 25% Pell Grant
• Less than one-half time (5 or less credits per semester) = 12.5% Pell Grant

Does the 600% include all Pell grant funds I received at another university/college or just Morgan State University?
The 600% includes all Pell grant funds received at anytime and any institution.

How does this change affect me?
If you received 100% of your Federal Pell Grant award for 12 semesters, you will not have any remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility.

Can I appeal my Pell lifetime eligibility?
No, you may not. Federal Pell Grant limits are set by federal law. If you rely on Federal Pell Grant funding, be conscious about the lifetime limits when changing majors
and/or scheduling classes.

How do I determine my remaining eligibility?
Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is tracked by the U.S. Department of Education.


How can I see my Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage?
Log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website using your Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID) to view your Pell LEU under "Grants." You will see your percentage used.
www.nslds.ed.gov


Maximum Year Award Amount:

2018-2019 $6,095

2019-2020 $6,195

 

Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs will be the first to get FSEOGs. Just like Pell Grants, FSEOGs do not have to be paid back.  To get a FSEOG, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).