Summer Pell Grant - Financial Aid Office

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Are you taking classes this summer?

You might be eligible to receive the Pell Grant for your summer classes.

For Financial Aid, the award year is Fall, Spring, Summer allowing for any unused Pell Grant to be awarded in Summer if the student is eligible. We encourage Financial Aid students who take summer classes to Contact Financial Aid to see if there is eligibility to receive Pell funds.

New/High School Students

Summer 2013 Pell is based on the 2012-2013 FASFA application. New students and entering High School graduates can fill out the 2012-2013 FAFSA and possibly receive not only the fee waiver for summer, but also some Pell funds. The deadline for completing the 2012-2013 FAFSA and Financial Aid file completion is June 3, 2013.

Returning Students

If a current student already has received the Pell Grant, unused funds remaining from Fall and Spring can be disbursed during summer, based on their enrollment status and academic progress.


For Financial Aid purposes, full-time status for Summer is the same as Fall and Spring:

  • 12 or more units = Fulltime
  • 11.5 – 9 units = Three-quarter (¾) time
  • 8.5 – 6 units = Halftime (½)
  • 5.5 or fewer units = Less than halftime

Pell Grant need is based on income and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the Federal matrix and Ohlone College’s Cost of Attendance (COA).

Need analysis for Pell - Example

COA - EFC = Need.

Students with the greatest need have a zero EFC – meaning it was determined by the matrix that the student/family will be unable to contribute to the student’s education. EFC 0 = $5550 in Pell grant for entire year. If a student attended full-time for Fall and receive the full amount of $2775 and then attended ¾ time for Spring and received $2080.75, unused Pell amount would be $693.75 available for Summer. For students enrolled in less than halftime (LHT) status, there is a chart to determine the Pell award based not only on number of units, but if the student is living away from home or with parents (part of the COA). For example, with $693.75 unused Pell:

  • LHT with parents for 3 unit class would be approximately $369
  • LHT away from home for 3 units would be approximately $382

Come to the Financial Aid Office and find out if you’re eligible to receive the Pell Grant for Summer classes.