Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant for 2013-2014

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program and is the foundation of a student's total "aid package." Eligibility is determined by the federal government using a standard formula for all applicants.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant is $5,645 based on full-time enrollment for the school year (Fall 13 and Spring 14). Pell Grant awards are adjusted if you enroll in less than 12 units per semester.

Enrollment status


  For the 2013-2014 academic year, the enrollment status for each semester including summer is:
Full-time 12 or more units
¾-time 9 to 11.5 units
½-time 6 to 8.5 units
Less than ½-time Less than 6 units

Your enrollment status will be frozen after the add/drop period each semester and will be the basis for your Pell Grant disbursement. Once your Pell Grant award has been processed and your enrollment status for the semester has been determined it will not be adjusted if you add units after the freeze date. The freeze dates for the Fall and Spring semesters along with the main disbursement dates are posted on the Payment Dates webpage.

Lifetime Eligibility limits for pell grant

Effective July 1, 2012, new federal regulations limits the receipt of a Pell Grant for all students to a lifetime limit of 6 full-time years or 600%. This includes Pell Grant received at community colleges, vocational schools and four year public and private universities. This limit will be tracked by the U.S. Department of Education.

Regardless of the Pell Grant award amount, if you receive the full year payment or disbursement then you have received 100% of your award.

For example, if your Pell Grant for the year is for $4,000 and you receive $2,000 in Fall, $1,000 in Spring and the remaining $1,000 in Summer. You have received the entire $4,000 or 100% of your award for the year.

Fall $2,000 (50%) Spring $1,000 (25%)
Summer $1,000 (25%)

The 600% total eligibility applies at all schools and colleges. However, once you have earned a Bachelor’s Degree, you are no longer eligible for a Pell Grant even if you haven’t reached the 600% limit. You must continue to meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress standards to remain eligible each year. It is very important that you follow your educational plan so you can successfully complete your degree or transfer to a four year university before your eligibility expires.

Summer 2013 Pell Grant

There are only a select few classes offered duriing the summer.  For those students who are able to enroll for summer, the following information will apply.

To be eligible to receive a Summer 2013 Pell Grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You must have a completed financial aid file for the 2012-2013 school year at City College.
  • You must not be Disqualified based on the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for Financial Aid.
  • You qualify for a 2012-2013 Federal Pell Grant and you did not receive your full (100%) Pell Grant award for the school year.
  • You must enroll in and maintain enrollment in at least one class for the Summer 2013 term at City College. Classes taken at ECC, Mesa and Miramar Colleges will be counted towards your total enrollment as long as you have one class at City College. Classes taken at colleges outside of our District will not be counted.
  • You must enroll in all of your summer classes for all summer sessions up front. The Enrollment Freeze Date will be June 28, 2013..

**You will not qualify for a Summer Pell Grant if you do not enroll in any classes at City College**


For the Summer 2013 term, the enrollment status for Financial Aid calculation purposes will be different than the college enrollment status. The Summer Financial Aid enrollment statuses will be:
Full-time 12 or more units
¾-time 9 to 11.5 units
½-time 6 to 8.5 units
Less than ½-time Less than 6 units

Important Reminder: Every student’s eligibility is different. Your actual Summer Pell Grant may vary depending on your EFC, your remaining Pell Grant eligibility and your summer enrollment status.

Changes in your enrollment status will result in a change of your Summer Pell Grant award. It may take a few days before your changes to your Summer Pell award become effective. 

Summer 2013 Bookstore Process and disbursements

Depending on your eligibility, a portion of your Summer Pell Grant may be available for use at the San Diego Community College District Bookstores. The maximum amount that will be available at the Bookstore will be about $300. You must meet the summer eligibility requirements listed above to be considered for the summer bookstore process.

The Bookstore process for Summer 2013 will be available from June 5, 2013 through June 21, 2013. After the bookstore accounts are closed, we will schedule the disbursement process to begin on June 29, 2013. Summer Pell Grant payments will be mailed and direct deposited on July 8 and available for pick up on July 9.

The enrollment freeze date will be June 29, 2013 for the Summer 2013 term.

Crossover Period Policy for 2009-2010 Academic Year*

To implement the Second Pell Grant (Year Round Pell) for the Crossover Period of 2009-2010, the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Financial Aid Offices will follow the following policy:

  •  SDCCD will award 2009-2010 Second Pell Grants to all students who meet Second Pell Grant eligibility based on their 2009-2010 ISIR and will not make a comparison to their 2010-2011 ISIR.
  • SDCCD will not review academic year progression for 2009-2010 eligibility.
  • Effective July 1, 2010, SDCCD will award 2010-2011 First Pell Grants to new incoming students who qualify based on their 2010-2011 ISIR , are enrolled for the Summer 10 term and who do not have a 2009-2010 ISIR.
* This policy has been agreed to by the FAO, Greg Sanchez, FAO, Gilda Maldonado, FAO, Teresa Vilaboy, Supervisor, Maria Del Pilar Ezeta, Supervisor, Alisia Acevedo, Technical Analyst, Katie Phan on this date of April 21, 2010 at the San Diego Community District.  Policy and interpretation taken from Department of Education Webinar, Pell Grant Term-Based Credit Hour Schools (April 13, 2010) and U.S Department of Education, Two Pell Grant In An Award Year,(March 2010).

This page was last updated on June 6, 2013.