Federal Pell Grants are offered to eligible students with exceptional financial need who are pursuing their first undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree. These funds do not require repayment.
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine eligibility. Financial need for a Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – a figure calculated using data entered on the FAFSA and a standard formula.
The actual amount of Pell Grant a student may receive is based on the EFC and a student’s enrollment (as of the fixed enrollment date) each semester. For example, a student enrolled half-time for the Fall semester will have used 25% of total annual eligibility (measured at 100%) for that academic year. Students who do not utilize their full Pell eligibility during the fall and spring semesters may have eligibility during the following summer, based on their enrollment.
Students who exhaust their annual Pell Grant eligibility (100%), may be eligible for additional Pell grant during a subsequent term within the same academic year, based on their enrollment. In order for students to be deemed eligible for additional Pell, they must be enrolled and begin at least six (6) credits in the given term. Students who meet the qualification for additional Pell may receive up to 50% of their annual Pell Grant eligibility in the subsequent term (based on enrollment).
Students may not receive Pell Grant from more than one school during the same semester.
The federal Department of Education has established a Lifetime Eligibility limit for Federal Pell Grant. The Lifetime Eligibility regulation limits a student to receive a cumulative Pell Grant up to the equivalent of 12 terms of FULL-TIME enrollment or 600%. If a student does not attend a term full-time, or is approaching the lifetime maximum, their participation percentage will be pro-rated and their Pell Grant amount will be reduced.
Federal regulations require the University of Connecticut to make funds available to eligible Federal Pell Grant recipients so that they may obtain books and supplies by the seventh day of the semester.