Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is need-based. It is awarded to eligible undergraduates and students officially accepted into the credential program, who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) up to $5234 as calculated by the 2016/2017 FAFSA. The estimated maximum Pell Grant for 2016/2017 is $5,815.
Undergraduate and credential students are limited to a total of six full-time years (600%) of Pell Grant eligibility. The calculation of this total will include previous semesters/quarters at CSU, Chico and at any other school, including community colleges, where a Pell Grant was paid. Visit the NSLDS web site to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received.
Credential students must be enrolled in a minimum of six units of required credential courses to receive a Federal Pell Grant. The Federal Pell Grant is not available for prerequisite courses, courses that are suggested as beneficial, or elective courses. View the list of Pell-Fundable Credential Coursework (PDF) to confirm your eligibility. Also view our page on Credential Programs for additional eligibility information and Pell disbursement guideline for credential students.
By completing the FAFSA, you are automatically considered for a Pell Grant. The FAFSA determines your eligibility to receive Pell Grant. If you are eligible, the amount you receive is based on the financial information that you report as well as:
- the number of units for which you are enrolled at the University Census deadline each term, and
- whether your enrollment is for a full academic year or less
- the percentage of Pell Grant that you have received in the past (you are limited to six full-time years (600%) of Pell Grant eligibility.
You may receive Pell Grant funds from only one school at a time.