PELL Grant Information

PELL Grant

Federal Pell Grant

The Title IV funded Federal Pell Grant program is a need based grant program developed to promote access to post-secondary education to those students who demonstrate financial need. This is the largest of the federal student assistance programs and does not require repayment. The Pell Grant is available to students enrolled in associate degree programs as well as some diploma and certificate programs at Savannah Technical College. The amount you are eligible to receive depends on a number of factors:

  1. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is the Department of Education’s calculation based on the income, asset, and other information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  2. Percentage of Lifetime Eligibility (LE) remaining. Effective July 2012, all Pell Grant recipients have a maximum 600% Lifetime Eligibility or 12 semesters of eligibility. This LE applies to all institutions for which the student has attended and received Pell Grant. For more information log on to
  3. Number of credits enrolled each semester:
      • full-time is 12-15 credits
      • 3/4-time is 9-11 credits
      • part-time is 6-8 credits
      • less-than ½-time is less than 6 credits per semester

    Savannah Technical College calculates earned Pell Grant funds based on attendance. A student receiving Title IV federal funds, such as the Pell Grant, who withdraws prior to attending sixty percent (60%) of the semester will be eligible for only the earned portion of their award amount. See Federal Return of Title IV Fund Policy for details.

  4. Cost of Attendance (COA), and
  5. Size of the federal appropriations as determined by Congress.

Students who receive federal aid are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Academic progress is evaluated and monitored each semester after grades are posted.


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Year-Round Pell

Frequently asked questions regarding year-round Pell.

Q1: What is Year-Round Pell Grant?

The U.S. Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2017, allows a student to receive Federal Pell grant funds for up to 150% of the student’s Pell grant scheduled award for an award year.  This provision was effective beginning with the 2017-2018 award year (AY) and continues through the AY 2021-2022.

Q2: Will I be eligible for Year-Round Pell?

To be eligible for the additional Pell grant funds, the student must:

    • be eligible to receive Pell grant funds for the payment period
    • be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours), in the payment period for which the student receives the additional Pell Grant funds in excess of 100% of the student’s Pell grant scheduled award
    • have a Pell grant Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) of 550% or below in the additional Pell grant scheduled award semester
    • Must be maintaining SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress)

Q3: When will I know if I am eligible for Year-Round Pell?

Savannah Technical College Financial Aid Office will make available your Summer 2022 semester Year-Round Pell amount calculated based on your Pell grant usage and remaining eligibility at the 100% scheduled award plus the additional 50%.

Q4: How much might I receive in Year-Round Pell?

The student must be enrolled in at least half-time (6 credit hours) to receive the additional 50% Pell grant scheduled award. The award will be based on the student’s EFC and the amount of credits they are taking.

Federal Pell Grant

Make sure to fill out your FAFSA at to see if you qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.