Pell grants are available to students who are taking classes that form part of a program designed to lead to an undergraduate degree or a certificate. Pell grants can be used to cover tuition and fees, along with certain other associated costs.
Pell grants can be used to cover miscellaneous expenses, such as books, supplies and transportation to the educational institution. The grant funding can also be used to cover room and board. If a student has dependents, the Pell grant can be used as an allowance for the costs that the student expects to incur for dependent care. As of the 2012-2013 academic year, the maximum Pell grant award amount is $5,550. It is a need-based grant; the amount for which a student is eligible is determined based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.