What is a Pell Grant?The Federal Pell Grant is available to undergraduate students working on their first bachelor's degree. The amount you may receive is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as your enrollment. If you are taking classes at two institutions at one time you cannot accept a Pell Grant at both institutions for the same period of study.
Do I qualify for a Pell Grant?The Pell Grant is available to undergraduate students, working on their first bachelor's degree who have an EFC under approximately 5400. The maximum EFC for 2017-2018 is $5,920. The Pell grant is initially awarded based on projected enrollment and later adjusted to actual enrollment. Projected enrollment is either the number of credits that you were enrolled in at the time we determined your financial aid award or the estimated enrollment for a student in your program. The Pell grant amount is determined by your EFC. **Determine your Federal Pell Grant Eligibility at Federal Student Aid.**
What is my EFC?If you have completed the FAFSA, including the verification process, you can find your EFC on MyUB, in the My Student Center. Select "View Financial Aid", the corresponding aid year and then the Financial Aid Summary link on the bottom left. This is your Financial Aid Budget (not your bill). The second item listed is your EFC, as determined by your FAFSA. If you were required to complete the verification process and have not, the EFC is subject to change.
Your EFC is also located on your SAR (Student Aid Report) sent to you by the Department of Education and electronically on the FAFSA website (also subject to any required verification).
Pell Grant amounts change based on the number of classes you are enrolled in at the end of the Add/Drop period. Use the Pell Calculator below to compare award amounts based on enrollment.
Will my Pell Grant change if I take more classes? If I take fewer classes?Pell Grant amounts change based on the number of classes you are enrolled in at the end of the Add/Drop period. Use the Pell Calculator below to compare award amounts based on enrollment.