Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is awarded to students based on financial need only.

Quick Facts

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limits

Year Round Pell


 Pell Grant quick facts

Link Pell Grant
Type and source Need-based, provided by the Federal Government
Financial aid amount

Up to $5,920 per year (2017-18 academic year)

Up to $6,095 per year (2018-19 academic year)

How to apply FAFSA
Deadline for application

June 30, 2018 (for 2017-18 academic year)

June 30, 2019 (for 2018-19 academic year)

Renewal Annually

Important information for Pell Grant applications

  • Pell Grants are free money for college that does not have to be repaid.
  • The actual amount received depends on your financial need and is prorated based on enrollment status.
  • You must be enrolled in at least 12 units to receive your full Pell Grant eligibility for a term.
  • The 2017-18 application covers fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018 terms.
  • The 2018-19 application covers summer 2018, fall 2018, spring 2018, and summer 2019 terms.
  • Pell Grants are available for summer.  For more, information review our Year Round Pell information below or view our Year Round Pell video.
  • You may receive the Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (calculate your Pell Grant eligibility).
  • To continue receiving the Pell Grant, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • If you have already earned a bachelor's degree or higher, you are not eligible for the Pell Grant.
  • More detailed information about the Pell Grant

Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limits

All Pell Grant recipients are subject to Lifetime Eligibility Limits. The amount of Federal Pell Grant you may receive during your entire undergraduate career is limited to 12 full time semesters (equivalent to 6 years). Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100 percent, the six-year equivalent is 600 percent.

Once you have reached the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit, you will no longer be eligible for Federal Pell Grant. You may check the status of your Pell Lifetime Eligibility online by logging into InSite and reviewing the the Financial Aid menu or signing into the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website. Follow the link to learn more about the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limits.

Year Round Pell

All financial aid students are required to check their DVC student email account through InSite on a regular basis in order to receive notifications, file status updates, announcements, and further instructions from the Financial Aid Office. Follow the link for instructions on how to check your financial aid status through InSite.

Financial Aid school codes:

  • DVC FAFSA Federal School Code: 001191
  • DVC CA DREAM Act Application School Code: 00119100

Contact Financial Aid


Telephone: 925-969-2009


Fax: 925-691-1132 

Office location: SSC building, first floor Pleasant Hill campus map

Summer 2018 Hours
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Thursday, August 17, 2018

Office hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Drop-in hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4 pm
Lab hours
Monday/Thursday: 8:30 am - 12 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Fall 2018 Hours
August 21, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Office hours
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 1 pm

Drop-in hours (for document submission and detailed information, photo ID required)
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8 am - 3 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Friday: 8 am - 12:30 pm

Pleasant Hill lab hours 
Monday/Thursday/Friday: 8 am - 12 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Learn more about the financial aid computer lab

Office location

Admissions and Records, San Ramon campus map 

Drop-in hours (for document submission and detailed information, photo ID required)

Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm
Break times: 15 minutes at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm