Year-Round Pell Grants

Year-Round Pell Grants

Effective from the 2018-2019 school year, an eligible student may receive a full Federal Pell Grant for Summer even if they received a full Federal Pell Grant during the fall and spring semesters. Student must be enrolled in at least halftime (6 – 8) hour to receive an additional Pell Grant. Year-round Federal Pell Grant availability can provide students with an excellent opportunity to accelerate program completion, possibly saving on overall degree cost and limiting student loan debt.

As an example of how Year-Round Pell will work: If an eligible student in the 2020/2021 academic year receives a full-time Pell award of $3,173 in each of the fall and spring semesters, this student will now be eligible to receive up to another full-time Pell Grant of $3,173 for the summer semester. Under Year Round Pell, this student would be eligible to receive up to a total of $9,518 or 150% of their scheduled Federal Pell Grant during one academic year.

Note: All Federal Pell Grant payments continue to count toward lifetime limits of 600%. And all other eligibility requirements will still apply.

Students who receive the maximum Student Loan for the fall and spring semester may not be eligible for Loans during the summer sessions. Also, you cannot receive financial aid from two different schools for the same enrollment period.


  • Be eligible for Federal Pell Grant
  • Be enrolled during Fall and Spring semester (full-time)
  • Be enrolled during Summer (at least 6 credit hours)

If you qualify, you will be notified via preferred email and must accept your award to receive Pell grant funds. 


You may still be eligible for Summer Pell! Contact Financial Aid Services for details.

Note: Summer transient students are not eligible for Pell Grant and/or other types of Financial Aid.

Page last updated January 16, 2019.

Contact Information

Financial Aid Department

Heritage: Harvin Center
Office: (361) 698-1293
Fax: (361) 698-2017
Mon-Thu 7:30am-6pm
Fri 7:30am-1pm

Windward: Coleman Center
Office: (361) 698-1726
Fax: (361) 698-2695
Mon-Thu 7:30am-5pm
Fri 7:30am-12:30pm
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