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Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

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 $5,711 as calculated by the 2020/2021 FAFSA. The estimated maximum Pell Grant for 2020/2021 is $6,345.

What is the lifetime eligibility used (LEU) for Pell Grants?

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 website(opens in new window) to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received.

Other Information:

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 under "Information for Credential Students" to confirm your eligibility. On that same credential programs page you can also read 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.