Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based grant for undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. The amount of the award is based on full-time enrollment, and will be reduced if you enroll in fewer credit hours. Federal Student Aid Regulations for the Pell Grant require that you begin academically related activity in all courses for which Wichita State disbursed Pell funds. Revisions may occur based on your enrollment at the end of the 100% tuition refund period. If your initial aid disbursement, including Pell, is disbursed after the 100% refund period, the grant will be paid based on the number of hours you are enrolled in on the date of disbursement. If you add credit hours after your initial Pell has been paid and after the end of the 100% refund period, no additional Pell funds can be disbursed.

Eligibility to receive the Pell Grant is contingent on the following:

  • Enrollment in your first undergraduate degree program;
  • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status;
  • Making Satisfactory Academic Progress;
  • Not defaulting on any federal student aid;
  • Not owing a refund on a federal education grant;
  • Showing financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA;
  • Not previously having earned a bachelor’s degree;  
  • Students who graduate mid-year are not eligible for future Pell grants and will be required to repay additional Pell payments.

Pell Grant award amounts can change yearly.  Approximate annual award limits for the 2023-2024 academic year range from $767 to $7,395. The amount of Pell funds you receive depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or Student Aid Index (SAI), Cost of Attendance (COA), enrollment status, and attendance over the course of the full academic year.  You cannot receive Pell funds from more than one school at a time.  Review Financial Aid Terms & Conditions for additional details at wichita.edu/finaidpolicy.

You can only receive Pell Grant funds for a maximum of 12 full-time semesters or its equivalent (600% lifetime eligibility).  This rule applies to all Pell Grant funds received prior to, on, and after July 1, 2012 and at any college you attend.  You may log in to studentaid.gov using your FSA ID to review your Pell lifetime eligibility used.