Federal Pell Grant is usually awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. Unlike a Federal Direct Loan, the Pell grant is aid that does NOT have to be repaid.
The amount a Pell Grant recipient may receive is based on:
- The student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined on the FAFSA
- Muhlenberg College’s cost of attendance
- A student’s enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student
- A student’s plans to attend school for a full academic year or less
In order to be considered for eligibility for a Pell grant, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The annual maximum amount of the Federal Pell Grant can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,895 for the 2022–23 award year.
The amount of Federal Pell Grant a recipient may receive can change from year-to-year because there is change to a student’s Expected Family Contribution.
The most common reasons a student’s Expected Family Contribution changes is due to:
- A significant increase or decrease in family income
- More or fewer siblings in college while a student is attending Muhlenberg College
- More or fewer family members living at home
- A significant increase or decrease in parent(s) or student assets
Any changes in the EFC will result in a change to a student’s determined need. The change in the need can affect the need-based aid that a student received the prior year.
Learn more about how Pell grants are disbursed on our disbursement procedures page.