Recent changes have been made in the law that affects a student’s eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant starting in the 2012-13 academic year. The changes limit the total number of years a student may receive the Pell Grant to the equivalent of six years of full-time eligibility. Each academic year a student can receive up to 100% of their eligibility, so with the six year equivalent students can receive up to 600%. Students who are close to meeting this limit will have their eligibility reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. You will be notified on your myUMBC account if any changes are made to your awards or award eligibility.
Many students have been notified by the Department of Education explaining the changes to the law. For more information, and if you are interested in calculating your “equivalent of six years” please visit http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell/calculate-eligibility.