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Pell Grants

A Pell Grant is a post-secondary, federal grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Part-time students can be eligible for Pell. This federally funded grant is based on a formula that takes into account your EFC (Expected Family Contribution), cost of attendance and enrollment status (full- or part-time). You may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The U.S. Congress sets the maximum Federal Pell grant awards annually. For 2019-2020 academic year, the Federal Pell Grant range is from $657 to $6,195. If you're not eligible for a federal Pell Grant, you may be eligible for other federal aid.

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of 6 years (12 semesters) of Pell Grant aid. To see your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage, you can log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) using your FSA ID to view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.

If you didn't receive your Pell check in the mail, please check your bank account to see if it was deposited if you are enrolled in direct deposit. If your address has changed and was not updated with the school, you will need to put a stop payment on the check with Student Financial Services, C107.

See Total Withdrawals and the Return of Title IV (Pell) Funds for students who completely withdraw from a term of enrollment.

For general information on financial aid at LaGuardia, visit our Financial Aid website.

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