Summer Pell Frequently Asked Questions

Q1:  What is Summer Pell (Year-Round) Pell Grant?

The U.S. Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2017, allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150% of the student’s Pell Grant Scheduled Award for an award year.  A student may now receive full Federal Pell Grant funds for Summer 2019, even if you used the full amount during Fall and Spring.

Q2:  Will I be eligible for Summer Pell?

To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, the student must be eligible for Pell Grant funds, be enrolled for at least 6 hours in the Summer, be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and not have met or exceeded their Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used. 

Q3:  When will I know if I am eligible for Summer Pell?

UTRGV Financial Aid Office will review student records to determine eligibility for a Summer Pell award.  Summer awards will be based on full-time enrollment and award amounts will be adjusted or cancelled once enrollment is confirmed and academic progress is reviewed.  You will be notified by email once Summer awards are complete and you can review your award via your ASSIST account. 

Q4:  Do I need to re-apply for financial aid/FAFSA to qualify for Summer Pell?

No, students do not need to reapply or submit another FAFSA.  Summer Pell will be awarded based on the current year FAFSA information.

Q5:  Do I need to submit the summer notification form to receive Pell in the summer?

No, a Summer Notification form does not have to be submitted to receive Pell in the summer.  The UTRGV Financial Aid Office will automatically identify the Pell eligible students. However, in order to be considered for other Financial Aid awards, students are encouraged to submit the Summer Notification.

Q6:  How will my Summer Pell award be split between Summer I and Summer II?

Pell Grant funds will be awarded for maximum remaining eligibility for the Summer Session. The Pell award amount is split between Summer I and Summer II.  To receive the full Pell award, you must enroll 12 hours during the Summer Session, anything less will result in a prorated award.

Note: Examples below are for a student with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0    

Example 1: A student being offered $1524 for Summer I and $1524 for Summer II, that enrolls 6 hours for Summer I and 6 hours Summer II would receive $1,524 for Summer I and $1,524 for Summer II.

Example 2: A student being offered $1524 for Summer I and $1524 for Summer II, that enrolls 3 hours for Summer I and 3 hours Summer II would receive $762 for Summer I and $762 for Summer II.

Example 3: A student being offered $1524 for Summer I and $1524 for Summer II, that enrolls 6 hours for Summer I and 3 hours Summer II would receive $1524 for Summer I and $762 for Summer II.

Example 4: A student being offered $1524 for Summer I and $1524 for Summer II, that enrolls 3 hours for Summer I and 6 hours Summer II would receive $762 for Summer I and $1524 for Summer II.

Q7:  What will happen to my Summer Pell award if I am not able to maintain the minimum enrollment requirement?

The Summer Pell award requires for a student to be enrolled and begin attendance in at least 6 hours to receive the additional Pell Grant funds.  If the enrollment requirements are not met, the student may be liable for returning Pell Grant funds.

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