Pell grant eligibility is based on household income rather than marital status. Undergraduate students from households earning $50,000 or less may be awarded a grant, according to Scholarships.com. Most Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students from households earning less than $20,000.
The maximum Pell grant award for the 2015-16 school year is $5,775. The amount of a Pell grant depends on a student's financial need, expected family contribution, cost of attendance, whether the student attends school on a full or part-time basis, and whether the student plans to complete an entire academic school year, according to the Office of Federal Student Aid of the U.S. Department of Education. The Office of Federal Student Aid considers factors such as the size of the household and number of family members attending college in determining financial need, according to Scholarships.com.