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 $6,195 per year (2019-20 academic year)

Up to $6,345 per year (2020-21 academic year)

How to apply FAFSA
Deadline for application

June 30, 2020 (for 2019-2020 academic year)

June 30, 2021 (for 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 application covers summer 2019, fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 terms.  The 2020-2021 application covers summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021.  Note that students will not be paid for summer from both application years.
  • 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 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 

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