Federal grants are awarded to students based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Grants are a form of gift-aid and therefore, do not have to be repaid. To qualify an eligible student must be an undergraduate who has not earned a prior bachelors or professional degree.
Federal Pell Grants are need-based and available to students seeking their first undergraduate degree. Eligibility is determined by the FAFSA. For full-time students, the maximum annual Pell Grant for 2018-2019 is $6,095.00. Less than full-time students may receive Pell Grants, but awards will be pro-rated based upon enrollment status as of the add/drop-with-refund date of the semester.
Students who are eligible to receive the Pell Grant and are enrolled in summer courses, may be eligible to receive an additional amount of the Pell Grant towards summer courses. Students are eligible to receive up to 150% of the scheduled Pell Grant award each year and up to 600% of the scheduled Pell Grant award (equivalent to 12 semesters) over the course of the student's education. View more information on lifetime eligibility limits for the Pell Grant on The Department of Education's Federal Student Aid webpage.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are awarded to some Federal Pell Grant recipients who completed a FAFSA on or before March 15th. A student must be enrolled in at least half-time credits to be considered.
The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must complete every year the TEACH Grant Application, TEACH Grant Counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:
- in a high-need field
- at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
- for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant