Pell Grants for Summer

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To be eligible for a Summer Pell Grant, you must:

  • Have completed a FAFSA.
  • Be eligible for the federal Pell Grant.
  • Declare a financial aid eligible degree-seeking program.
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credits) in degree-applicable classes for the Summer.
  • Meet Financial Aid Academic Progress. (View Academic Progress Policy »)
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining.

Important Facts to Note:

  • Eligible students may receive up to three Pell awards in one academic year.
  • The maximum timeframe that students may receive federal Pell Grants is the equivalent of twelve full-time semesters. When Pell Grant students enroll full-time for a semester, they use 50% of their Pell.

Check your Lifetime Eligibility

You can check for your remaining eligibility level online at and logging on using your FSA ID. View your Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU) on the financial aid review page.

Awarding Begins in April

Once you enroll in Summer classes and TMCC's Financial Aid Office determines that your classes are degree-applicable, you will automatically be awarded the Federal Pell Grant for Summer, based on your Summer enrollment status.

Dropping, Withdrawing or Failing Classes

It is possible that you could owe money back for all or part of your Federal Pell Grant if you do not complete classes in which you enrolled for the Summer. The amount you may owe will be calculated based on the drop date, the number of credits that you did not earn and the last day that you attended classes.

Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment

Your Summer Pell Grant amount will depend on the number of credits you enroll in for the Summer Session (6 credits or greater).

The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:

  • 12+ credits = 100% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 9–11 credits = 75% of the semester Pell Grant amount
  • 6–8 credits = 50% of the semester Pell Grant amount