Pell Grant

The Pell grant is a federal grant.  The purpose of the Pell grant is to help the undergraduate pay for their education after high school. This program is designed to help students who have not earned their first bachelor's degree.  The amount depends on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the number of units enrolled in.

You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for the Pell grant.


Pell Adjustments

The Financial Aid Office will check your enrollment status at the census date of the semester (Fall/Spring). An adjustment to your Pell grant may occur based on your enrollment at that time. If your enrollment status (full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, less than half-time) has increased, it may result in an increase in your Pell grant award. If you are due an additional Pell grant, the grant will be disbursed to your account. If your enrollment status has decreased, you may owe a repayment of Pell grant funds. Classes added after the census date will not be funded, including late start classes.

Remedial Courses

The Financial Aid Office will only pay for up to 30 units of remedial classes.

Course Repeats

Students may only receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course (A, B, C, D, P).

Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited by a new federal law to be the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%. To view how this percentage is calculated, you can visit

You can log on to National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) using your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.


For further information please contact the Financial Aid office at (562) 860-2451 Ext. 2397 or e-mail us at















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