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Lifetime Eligibility Used

Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the amount of a scheduled Pell Grant award you can receive each award year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.

How is my Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used calculated?

Scheduled Award:

The maximum amount of Federal Pell Grant funding you can receive is calculated for an award year. At Jefferson, the award year begins in the Fall semester and ends in the Summer semester.

Your scheduled award is partially determined by using your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is calculated from the information you (and your family) provided when you filed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Your scheduled award is the maximum amount you would be able to receive for the award year if you were enrolled full-time for the full school year and represents 100% of your Pell Grant eligibility for that award year.

Percent Used:

To determine how much of the maximum six years (600%) of Pell Grant you have used each year, the Department of Education compares the actual amount you received for the award year with your scheduled award amount for that award year. If you receive the full amount of your scheduled award, you will have used 100%.

Some students do not receive their entire scheduled award for an award year. There are a number of reasons for this, the most common of which are that the student was not enrolled for the full year or that the student was not enrolled full-time, or both.

If you did not receive the full amount of your scheduled award, we calculate the percentage of the scheduled award that you did receive. For example, if your scheduled award for an award year is $5,000, but because you were enrolled for only one semester you received only $2,500, you would have received 50% of the scheduled award for that award year. Or if you received only $3,750 for the award year because you were enrolled three-quarter-time and not full-time, you would have received 75% for that year.

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU):

The Department of Education keeps track of your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year. A detailed breakdown of how Pell LEU works can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

If a student's LEU equals or exceeds 600%, the student may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Similarly, a student whose LEU is greater than 500% but less than 600%, while eligible for a Pell Grant for the next award year, will not be able to receive a full scheduled award.

Note:  From 2009-10 through 2010-11, it was possible for a student to receive up to two scheduled awards in a year. Some students may have a "percent used" of up to 200% for one or more of those years.

How can I see my Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) percentage?

You can log in to "My Aid" using your FSA ID to view your LEU.


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