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Last updated on Jul 01, 2020

Federal Pell Grant

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

Awards range from $650 to $6,345 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 = 59%
  • Male = 41%


  • African American = 15%
  • Hispanic = 19%
  • Native American= 3%
  • Asian and Pacific Islander = 29%
  • Caucasian = 30%
  • Unknown = 4%

Based on CCA's full-time Pell Grant Recipients for 2019-2020