Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students who come from low-income families.
Pell Grants get awarded based on financial need and units enrolled per term. You can apply for a Pell Grant by completing a FAFSA form. Pell Grant lifetime eligibility is limited to a maximum of or no more than 12 terms or the equivalent (roughly six years). Once you have earned a baccalaureate degree or your first professional degree or have used up all 12 terms of your eligibility, you are no longer eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
Pell Grants award up to $6,495 for the 2021-22 award year (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022). Under certain circumstances, an eligible student can receive up to 150 percent of their scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year-referred to as “year-round Pell” by attending an additional term (Fall, Spring and Summer) within that award year.
More financial aid programs available.
Most U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students can get assistance through the California Dream Act (CADAA).