2012-2013 Pell Grant Amount

The maximum Pell Grant award amount for the 2012-2013 school year is $5,550, which has not changes from the 2011-2012 school year.  For the majority of EFC scores, there is no change to the Pell Grant amount schedule.  The maximum Pell Grant eligible EFC for 2012-2013 is 4,995, which is less than the 5,273 EFC maximum for the 2011-2012 school year.  This means that students must have a 4,995 or lower EFC to become eligible for a Pell Grant. 

On December 23, 2011 President Obama signed the Consolidation Appropriations Act 2012 that established the maximum federal Pell Grant award for the 2012-2013 year at $4,860, which is the same award amount in 2011-2012.  However, due to the yearly automatic Pell Grant increase outlined in the Higher Education Act of 1965, the Pell Grant award increased $690, resulting in a 2013-2013 maximum Pell Grant award of $5,550.
The minimum Pell Grant award in the 2012-2013 school year is $555.  Unlike prior years where students who were eligible for at least 5 percent of the total maximum were eligible for the minimum award of $555, for the 2012-2013 school year only students who are eligible for at least 10 percent of the total $555 are eligible for a Pell Grant. 

Students that receive a Pell Grant will be notified by their financial aid office of their award amount.  Most financial aid offices will hold Pell Grant funds to pay for the studentís tuition and fees. Any remaining Pell Grant award not used will be disbursed to the recipient through direct deposit or Check.
Students are able to use the remaining funds to pay for any school-related expenses.  These expenses include textbooks, electronics (computers or mobile devices), as well as any other school related items.  Itís important to note that students are not audited for the actual items purchased, so students should not be concerned with saving receipts in case of an audit.
Pell Grant Qualifications