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 2018, 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 before the April 15th priority deadline.

Q6:  Why was I only awarded Pell Grant for Summer I and nothing for Summer II?

Pell Grant funds will be awarded for maximum remaining eligibility for Summer Session I. This happens so students know up front what is the maximum eligible amount for this grant for Summer I, in case students wish to use their full eligibility for Summer I and not enroll for Summer II. After enrollment for Summer I is official (4th class day), the Pell Grant will be prorated to actual enrollment for Summer I and the remaining eligibility awarded for Summer II.

Example 1: A student being offered $2,960 of Pell for Summer I that enrolls 6 hours for Summer I, would receive $1480 for Summer I, and the remaining $1480 would be moved to Summer II after 4th class day of Summer I and would be able to use that money for Summer II (if student enrolls for 6 hours in Summer II or a lesser amount if enrolls at least 3 hours in Summer II).

Example 2: A student being offered $2,960 of Pell for Summer I that enrolls 3 hours for Summer I, would receive $740 for Summer I, and the remaining $2220 would be moved to Summer II after 4th class day of Summer I and would be able to use that money for Summer II (if student enrolls for 9 hours in Summer II or a lesser amount if enrolls at least 3 hours in Summer).

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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