**Award Range 2023-24:**  $379-$3,698/semester



  • Federal Pell Grant is based on financial need.
  • Meet Federal Basic Eligibility Requirements
  • Students who have not yet earned their first bachelor’s degree.
  • Pell Grant has a lifetime limit equal to six years at full-time enrollment called Lifetime Eligibility Used.
  • Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school simultaneously
  • FINANCIAL AID ISSUES IN CASES OF WITHDRAWAL OR NON-ATTENDANCE  Please understand that you MUST attend your scheduled classes to remain eligible for financial aid. Students who do not attend their classes, withdraw, or are dismissed before 60% of the term has passed will have all or a portion of their federal aid eligibility rescinded. This may result in monies needing to be repaid to Sandburg and/or the U.S. Department of Education. For more details:
  •  FAFSA receipt deadline:  A valid FAFSA must be received by the last day of the academic year, or the student's last date of attendance for the award year, whichever is earlier.



You should start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. You will have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid.



  • An estimated payment will show on the students bill following registration. Pell is applied to the students account approximately two weeks prior to the tuition deadline. 
  • Pell is recalculated through the 9th calendar day of the term called the Census Date. After the Census Date, you can lose Pell for courses never attended, but you will not gain additional Pell for classes added. 
    • Generally students who enroll in less than 12 credits will receive a prorated amount for Pell as follows.  A few awards require enrollment of half time for greater for payment. View your student account following registration for the prorated amount.
Pell award percentage

**Actual Enrollment**

**Pell Eligibility**

12+ Credit Hours (full-time)

100% of Pell Award

9 to 11 Credit Hours (3/4 time)

75% of Pell Award

6 to 8 Credit Hours (1/2 time)

50% of Pell Award

Less than 6 Credit Hours

25% of Pell Award

  • Pell is first applied to the student’s tuition and fees. Excess Pell will be disbursed to the student in a refund after attendance is verified. 



  • Pell grant is available for Summer enrollment.  The Financial Aid Office adds summer term awards in March. 
  • Minimum enrollment requirements, at any post-secondary institution:
    • Students enrolled Full-time for both Fall and Spring semesters must enroll in six credits to receive Summer Pell. 
    • Students enrolled Part-time either Fall or Spring semesters can receive summer Pell for enrollment in one or more credits.
    • Students who were not enrolled in the Fall or Spring semesters can also receive summer Pell for enrollment in one or more credits.