I applied for a pell grant for the 2016/2017 school year. My question is, what is a school year to the US Dept of Ed? Is it Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 or is it literally any day in 2016 or 2017, so long as school is in session?

I would love to attend the summer 2016 semester, but if a school year begins in fall, then I guess I will have to wait.


Yes and no.

You can only use your Pell grant money for summer classes if you've already been enrolled in classes the previous year:

To be eligible for using this federal aid for their summer courses, students must have completed 24 credit hours toward their degree programs during the prior fall and spring semesters and have received passing grades, and they must enroll in at least 6 hours of courses during the summer.

So if you want to attend summer classes in 2016, you had to have 24 credit hours of schoolwork done at the same institution during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Campus Explorer, Pell grant can be Used for summer college courses, starting in summer 2010.

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