Financial Aid

Changes in PELL Grant Duration of Eligibility

We want to alert you to a recent change in the law that affects your Federal PELL Grant award for 2012-2013 school year and beyond. This change limits the total number of years a student may receive a PELL Grant Lifetime Eligibility to the equivalent of six years.

Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a PELL Grant has been reduced from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of PELL Grant funding. If a student has received the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of PELL Grant, he/she will no longer be eligible for PELL Grant funding.

How is the "equivalent of six years" calculated?
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How can I see my Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage?
You can log on to National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Student Access web site using your FSA ID and view your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.


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