Does Year-Round Pell Apply To Clock-Hour Programs?

Award Year: 2024-25 KA-36666 Helpfulness Rating 132 page views

This guidance is specific to the 2024-25 award year and later. For 2023-24* award year guidance see AskRegs Q&A, Does Year-Round Pell Apply To Clock-Hour Programs?

Yes. When a clock-hour program is longer than a one academic year and shorter than two full academic years, and if the entire program falls within a single award year (with or without a summer crossover period), then the student can receive Federal Pell Grant funds up to 150 percent of his or her Scheduled Award for the award year under the year-round Pell (YRP) rules. Note, 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. 

Clock-Hour Program Example:
1,215 clock-hour program lasting 37 weeks
Academic Year for the program (as defined by the school) = 900 clock-hours/26 weeks
Entire program occurs within the same award year
Student is enrolled full time in all payment periods
Student’s Pell Grant Scheduled Award is $5,550

                    Payment Period 1 & 2                         Payment Period 3
                                   450 hours                                      350 hours
                                   13 weeks                                       11 weeks
                                   Full time                                         Full time 
                                   $2775                                            $1942.50
                                   50% used                                      35% eligible

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