Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is free money based on financial need and the number of units you are enrolled in. It is awarded to eligible undergraduates and students officially accepted into the credential program, who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) up to 6,656 as calculated by the 2023/2024 FAFSA. The estimated maximum Pell Grant for 2023/2024 is $7,395.

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 Chico State and at any other school, including community colleges, where a Pell Grant was paid. Visit in new window) to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received and to determine how much Pell grant you have left.

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.

You may receive Pell Grant funds from only one school at a time. If you are attending another institution while enrolled and receiving aid at Chico State you may submit a Consortium Agreement to have the additional course units count towards your Pell eligibility.