Are There Any Special Eligibility Requirements a Student Must Meet For Year-Round Pell?

Award Year: 2024-25 KA-36568 Helpfulness Rating 1,009 page views

This guidance is specific to the 2024-25 award year and later. For 2023-24* award year guidance see AskRegs Q&A, Are There Any Special Eligibility Requirements a Student Must Meet For Year-Round Pell?

No. Under the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, revisions were made to Section 401(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, [20 USC 1070a], removing the requirement that an otherwise Federal Pell Grant-eligible student be enrolled at least half-time to receive year-round Pell (YRP) beginning with the 2024-25 award year. For example, if a student had already been paid a full Scheduled Award for full-time time attendance in both fall 2024 and spring 2025, he, she, or they could be paid Pell for a summer term that is part of the 2024-25 award year based on any enrollment intensity greater than zero. See the following from the  2024-25 DRAFT SAI Guide Supplement: Pell Formulas and Enrollment Intensity:

"Year-Round Pell 

Students may be eligible to receive up to 150% of their Scheduled Pell Grant Award for an award year. The FAFSA Simplification Act made one change to Year-Round Pell. Previously, a Pell Grant-eligible student must have been enrolled at least half-time in a payment period during which they received more than 100% of their scheduled award. The Act removed the half-time enrollment requirement beginning with the 2024-25 award year but made no other changes to the Year-Round Pell provision. Year-Round Pell is not discussed in this resource and the examples provided do not include illustrations of disbursements that exceed 100%. Additional guidance on Year-Round Pell is currently available in Volume 3 Chapter 3 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook."

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