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Pell Grant

Year-Round Pell Grant

The year-round Pell Grant is returning so that students can receive up to 150% of a regular Pell Grant award during the course of an academic year.  This will allow students to continue taking classes in the summer to accelerate their progress towards graduation.

What does this mean?  Students may receive a Pell Grant Award during the Summer semester, even if they were enrolled as full-time students during Fall and Spring semesters.

What does it take to be eligible?  Students must be in good academic standing, registered for six or more credits during the Summer semester, and have not reached their lifetime eligibility limit for Pell Grant.  

For more information on eligibility, contact the Financial Aid office at or call (843) 661-8085.

Pell Grant Facts:Requirements:
  • Gift aid (does not have to be repaid.)
  • Ranges from a minimum of $380 per semester ($760 per year) to $3698 per semester ($7395 per year.)
  • Awarded fall and spring semesters.
  • Supplements other aid.
  • Award letters are mailed with the Full-Time award.
  • A full grant is awarded as follows:

    Credit Hours
    12     $3698/$3697
    9-11  $2773
    6-8    $1849
    1-5    $925/924

    If you are not receiving a full Pell grant, you can calculate your amount by taking 75% of your total Pell for 9 - 11 credit hours, 50% of your total Pell for 6 - 8 credit hours, or 25% of your total Pell semester award for 1 - 5 credit hours.


A student must...
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Hold a High School Diploma or GED Certificate
  • Be enrolled for 1 credit minimum in an eligible program
  • NOT have a Bachelors degree
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


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