Federal student grants available to CUNY undergraduate students:

Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student financial aid to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources may be added. Federal grants are awarded to undergraduate students who haven’t earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Pell grants are available at all CUNY colleges, but the college you plan to attend must be listed on your FAFSA. Almost all federal grants are awarded to students with financial need. The amount of your Federal Pell Grant depends on your cost of attendance, expected family contribution, enrollment status and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less.

Application Form

The FAFSA is the application that is used for federal government grants

Residency and Citizenship

You must be a citizen of the United States or eligible non-citizen

Award Amounts

For the 2018-2019 academic year a Pell Grant ranges from $652 to $6,095 a year, depending on your family income and other factors. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant it is possible to receive an award as either a part-time or full-time student.

Qualifying Programs and Credits

You must be accepted for admission to a degree seeking eligible program

Pell Grant can be awarded if you are registered for as few as one equated credit

Pursuit and Progress

You must be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress towards completing a degree

Additional information on Pell

  • Students will be limited to a maximum of 12 terms of full-time Pell payments or its equivalent for part-time study
  • Pell is for students pursuing undergraduate degrees only
  • You may not be in default on a previous federal student loan or owe the federal government a refund of financial aid previously received
  • You must be willing to verify the information you provide on the FAFSA
  • If you are male between 18 and 25 years of age you must register with Selective Service
  • You may not be convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving financial aid

FSEOG is a campus-based program for which CUNY uses federal funds. If you demonstrate exceptional financial need, CUNY may award you a FSEOG Grant from the limited funds available.

Application Form

Apply for financial aid using the FAFSA

Residency and Citizenship

You must be a citizen of the United States or an eligible non-citizen

Qualifying Program and credits

You must be accepted for admission to a degree-seeking program

You must register for at least six equated credits

You must be Pell eligible

Available to students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree

Additional Information on FSEOG

  • You must be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress towards completing a degree
  • You may not be in default on a previous federal student loan or owe the federal government a refund of financial aid previously received
  • You must be willing to verify the information you provide on the FAFSA
  • If you are male between 18 and 25 years of age you must register with Selective Service
  • You may not possess or sell illegal drugs while receiving financial aid

Summer Pell Awards for Undergraduate Students

Pell Grants for Summer Terms

Funding for Year-Round Pell has been reinstated.  This means that students can receive additional Pell for summer terms within the academic year. This can allow you to stay on track for graduation or even to complete your bachelor’s degree early. However, to earn your remaining Pell Grant you have to be registered for at least six credits during the summer.

The program is known as Year Round Pell and students may receive a Pell Grant for up to 150 percent of their scheduled award. For example if you are awarded $6,095 for the year, then under the Year Round Pell program students may receive up to 3,047.50 for attending college in the summer.

Students taking less than 6 credits during the summer, may be eligible for a Pell Grant awards if they have filed the upcoming year’s FAFSA, are Pell eligible and have remaining Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) left.

Eligibility for Year Round Pell

To be eligible for a summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have completed a FAFSA
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Enroll in summer classes
  • Enroll at least 6 credit hours
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining

 

LifeTime Pell Eligibility

The maximum time frame that students may receive a Pell Grant is equivalent of 12 full-time semesters or 600 percent. Summer Pell awards will apply towards the Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). One full-time semester of a Pell award is equal to 50 percent. To check your remaining Pell, log onto https://nslds.ed.gov using your FSA ID. The federal government measures this in the following manner:

If a Pell Grant is disbursed in a semester:

Credits Attempted Lifetime Eligibility Used
Full-time enrollment (12 credits or more) 50.0%
Three Quarters time enrollment (9-11 credits) 37.5%
Half-time enrollment (6-8 credits) 25.0%
Quarter-time enrollment (3-5 credits) 12.5%

 

Minimum Credits for Summer Pell

  • If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for fall and spring, you must enroll at least half-time (6 credits) in summer classes to receive the remainder summer Pell Grant.
  • If you enrolled part-time fall or spring, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a summer Pell Grant. You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during summer with no minimum credit requirement.

 

Examples of how Year Round Pell Works

Below are various scenarios in which a student is awarded Year-Round Pell based on receiving the maximum Pell Grant (0 EFC) of $6,095 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student 1

Term Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 12 credits (full time) 12 credits (full time) 6 credits
Pell Award $3047.50 $3047.50 $1523.75
LEU Used 50% 50% 25%

 

Student 2

Term Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 12 credits (full time) 9 credits (3/4 time) 6 credits
Pell Award $3047.50 $2285.50 $1523.75
LEU Used 50% 37% 25%

 

Student 3

Term Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 12 credits (full time) 12 credits (full time) 12 credits
Pell Award $3047.50 $3047.50 $3047.50
LEU Used 50% 50% 50%

 

 Student 4

Term Summer Fall Spring Summer
Credits Taken 3 credits 12 credits 12 credits 6 credits
Pell Award $761.88 $3047.50 $3047.50 $1523.75
LEU Used 12.5% 50% 50% 25%

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a Pell Grant and other types of need-based aid?

Submit a FAFSA to apply for Pell and you may also indicate your interest in student employment on the form. Indicating your interest in work-study does not commit you to accepting it. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline each part of your aid package later. Leaving work-study unchecked will not increase the amount of grants you receive. In addition you can request a loan at the financial aid office at the school you will be attending.

What is the maximum number of semesters I could receive a Federal Pell Grant?

Students will be limited to a maximum of 12 terms of full-time Pell payments or its equivalent for part-time study

Can I get PELL for remedial courses?

You may receive PELL and other forms of federal aid for up to 30 hours of non-credit remedial course work (excluding ESL courses).

Can I get PELL for repeating a course?

If you are repeating a course you need to check the policy of your college and it’s grading policy. You may receive PELL and other forms of federal aid for that course. You should remember that repeating a course may limit your ability to meet the Satisfactory Academic Performance requirements for receipt of federal student aid.

If I am eligible how will I get the Pell Grant Money?

Your school can apply Pell Grant funds to your school costs, pay you directly, or combine these methods. Schools must disburse funds at least once per term.

Why did my Summer Pell award get reduced?

There is a lifetime aggregate limit of six years for Pell or its part-time equivalent.  If you are close to or have reached that limit, you will not be eligible for or see a reduction in your summer Pell award.

Will I Need to Submit a Summer Pell Form in Order to be Eligible?

No. Year Round Pell does not require a separate form, it only requires that you file a FAFSA.

How can I check my Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU)?

Check the Federal Student Aid website for more information about and how to view your Pell LEU usage.

I can take only one class or fewer than six credits this summer, can I still receive a Pell Award?

You can enroll for fewer than six credits and still get a Pell award, if you have remaining Pell LEU eligibility, have filed a FAFSA, and been awarded a Pell grant.

Why must I take 6 credits during the summer in order to qualify for the additional amount of Pell?

This is a federal minimum requirement.

Can I take 6 credits from two different summer sessions in order to be considered half-time?

Yes. If your schools offers more than summer session you can combine them towards the 6 credit minimum requirement for Year Round Pell.

What happens to the Pell Grant if I don’t enroll in Summer and what happens if I don’t use it for summer?

Any Pell Grant or portion that is not used (disbursed) for the summer will not be counted towards the Pell Grant lifetime limit.

Will summer Pell affect my 2019-20 Pell Grant or future eligibility?

It will not affect the 2019-20 eligibility amount but it will affect a student’s Pell LEU (Lifetime Eligibility Used).  In other words, using the Pell Grant for summer will reduce a student’s remaining eligibility for the remainder of their academic program.

What happens if I drop or withdraw from my classes in the summer while receiving Pell?

Payment of a summer session Pell Grant depends on your attendance in the classes you are enrolled in. Dropping or withdrawing from classes may reduce or cancel your award and result in a tuition balance owed to the college.  If you receive Pell for enrolled classes and you fail to attend, you will have to return those funds immediately to the college.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have any additional questions visit your financial aid office at your college.