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Federal Pell Grant

A federal grant program awarded to "exceptionally needy" undergraduates who seek to earn a first bachelor's degree. Award amounts are set by the federal government based on financial need and enrollment status.

Awards range from $767 to $7,395 for full-time students; award amounts for part-time students are set in proportion to the number of enrolled units. Recipients should be in good academic standing.

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

  • Students are now limited to a lifetime maximum Federal Pell Grant of 12 semesters/6 years or full time equivalent (600 percent) at any community college, vocational school or four year/bachelor program.
  • This change affects all new and continuing CCA students who receive Pell Grants.
  • Once you have reached the 600 percent Pell LEU, you will be ineligible for any additional Pell Grant funding for the next school year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • A federal grant program that is available to undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who seek to earn a bachelor's degree and are Pell Grant recipients.
  • Priority is given to full-time Pell Grant recipients with significant financial need.
  • CCA policy prohibits Cal Grant recipients from receiving FSEOG. Recipients should be in good academic standing. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 per year.

Gender/Ethnicity of Pell Recipients


  • Female = 53%
  • Male = 33%
  • Non-Binary = 6%
  • Unknown = 8%


  • African American = 12%
  • Latino = 9%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native = 1%
  • Asian = 26%
  • White = 20%
  • 2 or more = 7%
  • Unknown = 25%

Based on CCA's full-time Pell Grant Recipients for 2022-2023