- Most* Pell eligible students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours are eligible for additional Pell for Summer. For 6 hours, Summer Pell will be 50% of the amount a student received for one full-time semester during the traditional school year.
- Some* Pell eligible students enrolled in less than 6 hours, who did not use their full year Pell award during the school year, may be eligible for summer Pell.
*See Summer 18 Aid Checklist
Additional Pell Grant Eligibility for Summer
The Federal Government recently made changes to the Pell Grant rules that can have an impact on the affordability of taking NIU summer classes. Students who qualify for the Pell Grant may now utilize part of their lifetime Pell Grant eligibility early for summer semesters, if they enroll at least half-time, 6 credit hours. The grant can be applied to summer tuition and fees.
Pell Grants have both an annual award limit and a lifetime usage limit. Lifetime Pell Grant eligibility is the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters or 6 academic years comprised of a fall and spring. Usage is prorated for students who attend a semester(s) less than full-time.
Prior to the 2017-2018 year, a student could not exceed the annual award including summer.
Effective for the summer 2018 semester, student who used their full-time Pell Grant award during the fall and spring semesters, may be eligible for additional Pell for the summer, if they enroll in and attend 6 credit hours. Students must first use 100% of their annual Pell limit to be eligible for the additional summer Pell.
A student who has not used 100% of their 2017-18 Pell Grant and has a qualifying EFC* may use the annual remainder prorated for enrollment if they are enrolled in at least 3 hours. If the student is registered in 6 or more hours, the student qualifies for the additional Pell up to 50% of their annual award based on their summer enrollment level.