12 Semester Lifetime Limit for Federal Pell Grant
On December 23, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012. This law reduces the number of semesters that a student is eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant from 18 semesters to 12 semesters (or 600 percent) and is effective with the 2012-13 award year. However, the calculation of Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) will include all years (fall, spring, summer) that a student has ever received Federal Pell Grant funding.
The Department of Education will calculate the LEU of each of the annual percentages of a student's disbursed award. When 600 percent is reached, a student will no longer be eligible to receive any Pell at any level of college (community college and/or university).
If you'd like to see your LEU, you can log on to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) using your Federal Student Aid PIN and view your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.