Summer Pell Grant

As summer registration begins, you may be thinking about taking classes and how to pay for it. Pell Grant eligible students can receive summer bonus Pell Grant. This can allow you to stay on track for graduation or even to complete your degree early. Awarding begins in April.

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant for Full-time Students (Bonus Pell)

If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in summer classes to receive a summer Pell Grant.

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell Grant for Part-time Students (Leftover Pell)

You still have remaining Pell eligibility Leftover Pell does not require a six-credit minimum to be utilized during summer.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have completed a FAFSA application for the current academic year. (Each academic year ends in summer)
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Enroll in ALL summer classes before the deadline June 1
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining

Why Might My Summer Pell Award Be Reduced?

  • There is a lifetime aggregate limit of six years for Pell or its part-time equivalent. If you are close to or have reached that limit, you will not be eligible for or see a reduction in your summer Pell award. 

How Can I Check My Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU)?

Check the Federal Student Aid website for more information about and how to view your Pell LEU usage.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions, e-mail or visit with your financial aid adviser. E-mail:; Phone: 870-543-5909.