Important Information for Pell Grant Recipients Beginning Fall Semester 2012
In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law significantly impacts Federal Student Aid Programs.
One of the most significant changes is Federal Pell Grant Duration of Eligibility. The law reduces the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant to 12 full-time semesters (or it's equivalent). This provision applies to all Pell Grant eligible students effective the 2012/13 academic year. The calculation of the duration of the student's eligibility will include all years, no matter how far in the past, that the student has received Federal Pell Grant funding. Therefore, every semester that a student has received Pell Grant funding will count toward the semester limit. Students that have attended at less than full-time status in the past or at present will be assessed accordingly.
Students may view their Pell Grant eligibility by logging into www.NSLDS.ed.gov.