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Last updated on Sep 21, 2022

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 $692 to $6,845 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