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Pell Grant changes: effective July 1, 2012

  1. Funding for year-round Pell has been eliminated for the 2012-13 school year. This means that the 3rd Pell grant which has been available to students for the summer term during the past two years is no longer available. Students who were not enrolled full-time for both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 terms may have some remaining eligibility to use during the summer. Students will still have the option of a student loan to cover summer tuition & fees, as long as they are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours and have not reached the annual loan limit for the year.

  2. Lifetime Pell eligibility has been reduced from 18 full-time semesters to 12. Once a student has reached this threshold they will no longer be able to receive a Pell grant, either at PCC or anywhere else. This lifetime eligibility is being tracked by the Dept. of Education and is monitoring funding students have received at any school. Students who have maxed out are being notified directly by the Dept. of Education. This is not appealable.

Note: This will have implications in particular for students waiting to be accepted into a Health Science program, and also for University Transfer students. Advisors need to be aware of this so they can counsel students that using all Pell eligibility while waiting to be accepted into a program or 4-year school may result in a lack of funding once they achieve admission into their
program and/or school.