In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated
Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly
impacted the Pell Grant Program. Beginning in Fall 2012, students are
now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during
their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or
where they received their first Pell Grant. Students that are currently
receiving the Pell Grant in the academic year 2011-2012 and have already
used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to
receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2012.
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 2012-2013 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
2012-2013 school year.
Whether you have used all of your Pell Grant eligibility or only
half, please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant
when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.
Can I See My Lifetime Pell Grant Used?
You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging into
NSLDS.ed.gov. Your ‘Lifetime Eligibility Used’ percentage will be
displayed in the ‘Grants’ section.
How Is The Percentage Used Calculated?
The percentages are based off the annual award at fulltime
enrollment status. For students with an annual award for 2011-2012
academic year, attending 12 or more credits in each semesters (Fall and
Spring for example), the percentage used for the 2011-2012 academic year
is 100%. If you only attended 9 credits for two semesters, your
percentage used for the academic year would be 75%.