Students who have been awarded a Pell Grant will be disbursed based on the number of units they are attending and the start date of their classes. Financial aid disbursement dates are contingent upon the dates listed on the web and on the scheduled start date(s) of classes.
When a student completes their financial aid file prior to the first scheduled disbursement of the semester, their initial Pell grant disbursement funds will be sent directly to the Owl Bookshop to allow students to purchase books and supplies. Students should refer to this website for detailed disbursement information and dates.
For students participating in the Study Abroad Program (SAB) disbursements dates will vary due to the different enrollment periods. Students must be attending at least six (6) units to receive Federal Stafford Direct Loan(s), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS) and Cal Grants.
In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150 percent of his or her scheduled Pell Grant award for an award year. For example, if you are eligible for a $2,000 Pell Grant for the award year, and are enrolled full-time for both the fall and spring semesters, you'll likely receive $1,000 in the fall and $1,000 in the spring. However, if you enroll at least half-time (six units), you may be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 (50%) in the summer semester (resulting in your receiving 150% of your original award). You might hear this situation being referred to as "year-round Pell." You must maintain at least half-time enrollment or you will have to repay the additional summer Pell grant funds you received in the summer.