Federal Pell Grant

Overview

The federal government provides grants for students attending college or career school. Most types of grants, unlike loans, are sources of financial aid that generally do not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. Filling out your FAFSA is the first step to determining if you are eligible for a Pell Grant.

The amount you get, though, will depend on:

  • your Expected Family Contribution,
  • the cost of attendance (determined by your school for your specific program),
  • your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

Key Features

  • Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree.
  • In 2022, over 77,000 students in Oregon received a Pell grant. 

Tips for Candidates

  • These grants do not have to be repaid. 
  • Students must complete the FAFSA to determine if they are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.
  • Undocumented students, including DACA students, are NOT eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. 

Estimated Amount

  • Average amount funded in Oregon is $4,578. 
  • Varies dependent on Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), cost of attendance at the institution, Full Time vs Part Time attendance.