The amount of Federal Pell Grant you receive must be based on the number of hours in which you are enrolled and have begun attendance as of the 12th class day of each term. Therefore, after initial disbursement of your Pell Grant funds, subsequent changes may be made to the amount through the 12th class day. Additional factors that may change your Pell Grant award are class attendance, withdrawals, academic progression, etc.

Examples

For our examples, we will use the chart below. 

Pell Enrollment Example

UNDERGRAD ENROLLMENT STATUS

TOTAL HOURS

AMOUNT PAID*

Full-time

12 or more hours

$4000

3/4-time

9-11 hours

$3000

1/2-time

6-8 hours

$2000

less than 1/2 time

1-5 hours

$1000

*These amounts do not reflect your actual Pell Grant awards.

Example 1:

August 15th: Eva is enrolled in 15 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the full-time amount ($4000) and she receives a refund. 

August 29th: During add/drop she drops 2 classes (6 hours).  She is now enrolled in 9 hours (three-quarter time). 

12th Class Day:  Eva's Pell Grant will be reduced to the three-quarter time amount ($3000) and Eva will owe the University $1000 because she was not eligible for the Full Time Amount ($4000) she originally received. 

Example 2:

August 15th: Ava is enrolled in 6 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the half-time mount ($2000). 

August 29th: During add/drop she adds 1 class (3 hours).  She is now enrolled in 9 hours (three-quarter time). 

12th Class Day:  Ava's Pell Grant will be increased to the three-quarter time amount ($3000) and Ava will receive an additional $1000 more than what was originally disbursed.

Example 3:

August 15th: Eden is enrolled in 6 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the half-time amount ($2000). 

August 29th: Eden informs the Financial Aid Office that she is enrolled at another University and needs to do a Concurrent Enrollment Agreement to add 6 additional hours.  

After Concurrent Enrollment is processed:  Eden's Pell Grant will be increased to the full time amount ($4000) and she will receive an additional $2000 more than what was originally disbursed.

Example 4:

August 15th: Elizabeth is enrolled in 12 hours.  Her Pell Grant disburses at the full-time amount ($4000) and she receives a refund. 

12th class day: Elizabeth never attends her 3 hour English class and the professor notes such on the official Class Audit Roll.  The Pell Grant will be reduced to the three-quarter time amount ($3000) and Elizabeth will owe the University $1000 because she was not eligible for the Full Time Amount ($4000) she originally received.