Federal grants are awarded to students based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Grants do not have to be repaid. To qualify an eligible student must be an undergraduate who has not earned a 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 2017-2018 is $5,920.00, and the minimum annual award is $606.00. Less than full-time students may receive Pell Grants, but awards will be pro-rated based upon enrollment status as of the final add/drop date of the semester.
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
IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.