Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants

To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grant amounts are dependent on your expected family contribution (EFC). For 2018-2019, your EFC must be below 5486, assuming full-time enrollment. Federal Pell Grants are restricted to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. You may not receive Federal Pell Grant payments concurrently from more than one institution, even if enrolled part-time at each institution. The final amount of the maximum Federal Pell Grant for 2018-2019 has not been finalized by the federal government. 

Beginning in 2018-2019, students enrolled at least half-time may receive 150% of their Pell award each aid year. For example, a student with a zero (0) Estimated Family Contribution would qualify for a maximum Pell award of $6,095. A full-time student would receive $3,047.50 or 50% of Pell award for fall 2018, $3,047.50 for spring 2019 and if enrolled full-time in summer 2019 would be eligible for additional 50% of Pell award of $3,047.50  

Federal regulations restrict lifetime eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant to 12 semesters (or 600% Lifetime Eligibility Used or LEU) from the prior maximum of 18 semesters. When you’re awarded a Pell Grant, you are given an annual Pell Grant award. If you attend full-time for a semester, you use 50% of your annual Pell Grant award.

For example:

Type of enrollment % of Pell LEU Used
Full-time enrollment (12+ units) per semester 50% per semester
Three-quarters enrollment (9-11 units) per semester 37.5% per semester
Half-time enrollment per semester 25% per semester


Each semester you receive a Pell Grant adds to your total LEU. When your total reaches 600%, you’re no longer eligible for the grant. This total includes all Pell Grant awards received at all institutions attended – and it is retroactive. You may receive Pell Grant funds from only one school at a time. You cannot appeal this federal regulation or request an extension.

To read more about the LEU and how it’s calculated, including examples, click on the link below from the U.S. Department of Education: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell/calculate-eligibility.

Visit the NSLDS web site to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received: http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/. Your LEU will be found on the “Financial Aid Review” page.

A student who believes there may be an inaccuracy in the underlying Pell Grant data that is part of the student’s Pell Grant LEU calculation may dispute that information by contacting his or her current school. The student must have filed a FAFSA for the current award year so as to ensure that the current school can view the student’s Pell history.

In order to file a dispute, a student must provide all documentation to the current school in support of the student’s assertion that there is an inaccuracy in the Pell Grant data. This documentation must include a signed and dated statement from the student that provides:

  • The name of the student’s current school to whom the student reported the alleged inaccurate data;
  • The name of the school that reported the alleged inaccurate information;
  • The award year and disputed amount; and
  • The reason the student believes the Pell Grant data are inaccurate.

The current school will provide the student with a response once the case has been investigated.

Pell Recalculation Policy

The Pell Recalculation Policy only applies to Undergraduate students eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant.

Undergraduate students eligible for the Federal Pell Grant who make enrollment changes during the semester may be subject to Pell Recalculation which requires an adjustment to the Federal Pell Grant based on the change in the student's enrollment.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) is a federal, need-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. Priority is given to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and who have been awarded the Federal Pell Grant.

FSEOG funds are limited and funds may not be available for applicants who do not meet LMU’s priority funding deadlines.

The amount that FSEOG eligible students may receive will be between $500 and $1,000 based on financial need and the available funding at LMU.

Annual renewal of the Federal Supplemental Grant is not automatic. Students must apply for federal financial aid each year and meet all federal specified requirements. Awards depend on available funding at LMU. This grant is not available for enrollment beyond eight semesters or for enrollment in a second Bachelor's degree program.


Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grant

What is the BIA Grant?

BIA grants are tribal awards provided to students who are at least one-quarter American Indian, Eskimo or Aleut. You can review additional information at Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Contact your tribal agency for pertinent information. Each Tribal Agency can establish their own award parameters


Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. To be considered for a Federal TEACH Grant, students must initiate the process of completing an Agreement to Serve (ATS) and TEACH Grant Counseling. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must agree to the following:

  • Serve as a full-time highly qualified teacher at a school serving low income students in a high-need field.
  • Serve for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required four years of teaching service within eight years after you complete (or otherwise cease to be enrolled in) the program for which you received the grant, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay with interest. The Department’s TEACH Grant Servicer oversees your grant account until you meet your service obligation.

Impact of Sequestration on the Federal TEACH Grant Program:  

Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that are first disbursed after October 1, 2017 must be reduced by 6.6% from the maximum award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $264 resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,736. This increase only applies when the first disbursement of a TEACH Grant award is made after October 1, 2017. TEACH Grants disbursed prior to October 1, 2017 must be reduced by 6.9 percent, resulting in a maximum award of $3,724.

Below are the maximum TEACH Grant amounts based on enrollment:

Type of Enrollment

TEACH Grant Amount (before sequestration)

Full-time enrollment


Three-quarters enrollment


Half-time enrollment


Less than half-time enrollment



LMU TEACH Grant Awarding Policy

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Have and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  4. Undergraduate students must have formally declared a minor in the School of Education in Elementary, Secondary, Bilingual or Special Education. Students are allowed to declare a minor after achieving junior standing therefore LMU does not award the TEACH Grant to freshman or sophomore level students. Students interested in a career in teaching should visit the School of Education, Center for Undergraduate Teaching Preparation.

Students who are graduating, cease to receive a TEACH Grant in a following academic year, or are enrolled less than half time must complete TEACH Grant exit counseling at studentloans.gov. For more detailed information, please review the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling Guide here.