Grants For School

Pell Grants for Felons

Eligibility Information for Pell Grants

Just because you are a felon does not mean that you can not get a federal pell grant. There are some stipulations though as follows.

  • You can not be incarcerated in a state or federal prison or jail during during the time that you would receive a pell grant. You may apply for a Pell grant while you are incarcerated but must be released by the time you would will receive it.
  •   Drug and sexual offenses may limit your eligibility to get a federal Pell grant. All other convictions should not affect your eligibility.

Drug Convictions and Pell Grants

If you are convicted of a drug conviction and are currently receiving federal student aid or pell grants you may be suspended from those programs. Having a prior conviction may also bar you from successfully applying for loans or Pell grants.

There are several options that can make you eligible for Pell grants after receiving a drug conviction.

  1. Complete an approved drug rehabilitation program.
  2. Complete and successfully pass two random drug tests from an approved drug rehabilitation center.

After you complete either one of the above requirements you will immediately become eligible for student loans and Pell grants.

How much money can I get?

Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,815 for the 2016–17 award year (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017). For the 2017–18 award year (July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018), the maximum award will be $5,920. The amount you get, though, will depend on

  • your financial need,
  • your cost of attendance,
  • your status as a full-time or part-time student, and
  • ​your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

How do I apply?