Summer Pell Grant - Financial Aid Office

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Are you taking classes this summer?

You may 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.

New/High School Students

Summer Pell is based on the previous semesters FASFA application. New students and entering High School graduates can complete and submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA and possibly receive not only the fee waiver for summer, but also some Pell funds. The deadline for completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA and Financial Aid file completion is May 18, 2018.

Continuing Students

If a current student already has received the Pell Grant during the previous Fall and Spring semesters, any unused funds remaining from Fall and Spring can be disbursed during summer, based on their enrollment status and academic progress. If the student has exhausted their Pell Grant eligibility prior to summer, they will not receive a summer Pell award.


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 calculated by the Federal formula 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 Federal formula that the student/family will be unable to contribute to the student's education. EFC 0 = $ 5920 in Pell grant for entire year. If a student attended full-time for Fall and receive the full amount of $ 2960 and then attended 3/4 time for Spring and received $ 2220, unused Pell amount would be $ 740 available for Summer. For students that are enrolled in less than half-time (LHT) status, the award will be adjusted accordingly.

Always check your Web Advisor account regarding your Pell awards. Email your Financial Aid case manager if you have any questions regarding your financial aid.