Southwestern College

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program and is the foundation of a student's total "aid package." Eligibility is determined by the federal government using a standard formula for all applicants and is based on information provided on your FAFSA application. Grant amounts are dependent on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), cost of education, enrollment status and whether you attend for a full academic year or less. You may NOT receive Pell grant funds from more than one school at a time.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant is $6,095 based on full-time enrollment for the school year (Fall and Spring). Pell Grant awards are adjusted if you enroll in fewer than 12 units per semester.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the enrollment status for each semester (including summer) is:


12 or more units


9 to 11.5 units


6 to 8.5 units

Less than ½-time

Less than 6 units 

For more information on Pell grants, click here for additional information from the Department of Education.

Lifetime Eligibility

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%. This includes Pell funding received at community colleges, vocational schools and four year public and private universities for the life of your academic career.

This is for six years at no more than 100% Pell per year (12 units or more for both Fall and Spring semesters).

For example, your Pell Grant for the year is for $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall, $1,000 in Spring and the remaining $1,000 in Summer. You have received the entire $4,000 or 100% for the year.

Once you have reached the 600% limit, you are not eligible for any additional Pell funding and there are not exceptions or appeals. Also, once you have earned a Bachelor’s Degree, you are no longer eligible for a Pell Grant even if you haven’t received the entire 600% eligibility.


-          How can I find out what my Pell LEU is?

You can log on to National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page

-          I am returning to school for retrain for a new career, but used all my Pell eligibility getting my previous education. Can I appeal the 600% limit? Are there any exceptions for returning students?

Unfortunately, federal law does not allow exceptions of appeals of the 600%. It is final.

-          I have my Bachelor’s degree but did not use all my Pell eligibility. Am I eligible to receive Pell at Southwestern College?

No. Once you have earned your Bachelor’s degree, you are no longer eligible for Pell regardless of whether you have reached the 600% LEU.

Summer 2018 Pell Grant


The summer 2018 term (6/4/18 - 8/5/18) will be considered a cross-over period and assigned exclusively to the 2017-18 award year.  The 9 week (beginning 6/4/18) and 8 week (beginning 6/11/18) will be combined and treated as one term.  Full-time enrollment will be defined as 12 credits.

New and continuing students who want to be considered for the summer 2018 term would be required to complete a 2017-18 FAFSA by the June 30, 2018 deadline and submit all requested documentation.

Fall 2017 (Pell paid)

Spring 2018 (Pell paid)

Summer 2018 (Pell eligibility)




(enrolled 3 credits)



1,480.00 (maximum eligibility)

(enrolled 6 credits)



1,480.00 (maximum eligibility)

(enrolled 9 credits)



2,960.00 (maximum eligibility)

(enrolled 12 credits)

All summer Pell awards are pending review and must meet all Federal financial aid requirements.

Students must meet the 2018-19 financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards calculated at the end of the spring 2017 term.  Disqualified students would not be eligible for the summer 2018 financial aid term (excluding BOGFW) and financial aid appeals if approved will be effective summer 2018.

Transfer students will be reviewed for remaining Pell eligibility, and students who were not enrolled for fall 2017 and spring 2018 at Southwestern College will require Transfer Monitoring.

Calculating remaining eligibility for transfer students:

1)  Pell disbursed at prior school (/) Scheduled award at prior school (=) % of scheduled award used

2)  Subtract % of scheduled award used from 100% (=) Remaining % of scheduled award available

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