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Pell limits

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students.

  • To apply for the Federal Pell Grant, file the FAFSA.
  • The grant is only available to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or professional degree.
  • The maximum award amount for the 2016-17 award year is $5,815.
  • The maximum award amount for the 2017-18 award year is $5,920.
  • The Pell Grant is pro-rated based on your enrollment. If you are enrolled less-than-full-time, the amount of your award will be reduced.
  • Awards will not be revised after the university census date unless you drop all courses.
  • The current Federal Pell Grant payment schedule is available on our forms page.

You may not receive Pell Grant funds from two schools for the same semester. If this happens, one of the schools will be required to cancel your award, which may leave you with an outstanding balance.

Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility limit

Pell Grant funds are limited. The maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100 percent. The 12-semester or six-year equivalent is 600 percent.

  • If you received 100 percent of your Federal Pell Grant award for 12 semesters, you will not have any remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility.

How do I determine my remaining eligibility?

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) is tracked by the U.S. Department of Education and is based on full-time enrollment. 

Log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website using your FSA ID to view your Pell LEU under "Grants."

Check your Pell history

  • Full-time enrollment (12 or more credits) = 50 percent Pell Grant
  • Three-quarters time enrollment (9-11 credits) = 37.5 percent Pell Grant
  • One-half time enrollment (6-8 credits) = 25 percent Pell Grant
  • Less than one-half time (5 or less credits) = 12.5 percent Pell Grant

What if I reach my lifetime limit?

If you haven’t done so already, follow these steps to finish your program:

  • See your academic advisor and put an academic plan in place, with courses scheduled up to graduation.
  • Check Academica to review and complete any outstanding financial aid requirements.
  • Continue to file the FAFSA abd turn in documents early to be considered for all available funding.

Wayne State students often qualify for awards from external organizations, and we encourage you to apply now and pursue all opportunities. 

Installment payment plans allow students and/or parents to make tuition payments in easy monthly installments. Students can enroll for the fall or winter semester or choose both as an annual plan.

Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant Awards

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria.