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Pell Grant Information

Pell Lifetime Limits for 2016-2017

In 2011, changes were made to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74) which significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program. Students are limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime (as of 2012). Students that are currently receiving the Pell Grant in the academic year 2016-2017 and have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2017. 

How do I know if this affects me? 

  • If you have attended college for 4 years or longer, receiving the Pell Grant each year, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Pell Grant eligibility during the 2016-2017 school year. 
  • If you have attended college and received the Pell Grant for 3 years or less you will likely not surpass the lifetime limit during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • You should be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes. 

Can I see my lifetime Pell Grant usage? 

You may view your Pell Grant usage by logging into

How is the percentage used calculated? 

The percentages are based off the annual award at full-time enrollment status. For students with an annual award for 2016-2017 academic year, at the maximum award, $5,815 and attended 12 or more credits in two semesters, the percentage used for the 2016-2017 academic year is 100%. If you only attended 9 credits for two semesters, your percentage used for the academic year is 75%. 

I have questions about this, who do I call? 

Our financial aid counselors are available to discuss the change in the lifetime Pell Grant eligibility with you. Please call 606-783-2011 or e-mail