Pell Eligibility

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Pell Eligibility is determined for undergraduates by a student's financial need as demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A student may receive the Pell grant from only one college/university per semester. Not all students who are Pell eligible end up receiving Pell aid.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Data Custodian
Financial Aid Office
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Field Name:OBI_XLATLONG
Census Process:No
Logical Transformation / Calculation
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"CSU Financial Aid ISIR"
Column Heading:"Pell Eligibility"


Pell Eligibility values include:

  • Pell Eligible
  • Not Applicable

Related Terms

Definition Source

"Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances."[1]


  1. Federal Pell Grants. Federal Student Aid. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from: