Federal Pell Grant
Funded by the federal government, the Federal Pell Grant is designated for undergraduate students working toward a first bachelor's degree. The amount of grant a student is eligible to receive is determined by the cost of attendance, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the length of the program of study, and the student's enrollment status. The cost of attendance includes such items as tuition, fees,books and supplies.
The EFC is derived from the information supplied by the student on the FAFSA. Students enrolled in a program of study that is less than 30 weeks per academic year (fall and spring semesters) will receive a prorated Pell award. Eligible students in a program of study that is less than 24 college credits or less than 30 vocational credits (900 clock hours) per cademic year (fall and spring semesters) will receive a prorated Pell award.
For Pell Grant awarding purposes (applicable to college credits), 12 college credits or more per semester is considered full- time enrollment; 9 -11 college credits per semester is considered three-quarter-time enrollment; 6-8 college credits per semester is considered as half-time enrollment; 1-5 college credits per semester is considered as less than half-time enrollment.
Pell Grants range from $598 - $5,815 for full-time attendance during an academic year.
(For Pell Grant purposes, an academic year consists of 30 weeks during which a student
may complete 24 college credits or 30 vocational credits [900 clock hours]. The maximum
timeframe that a student would be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant is 12 semesters
of full-time enrollment (600 percent). Students taking prerequisite courses for acceptance
into an undergraduate program are not eligible for Pell Grants.
For more information please visit the Federal Department of Education website.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Funded by the Federal Government, this need-based grant is designated for undergraduate students working toward a first bachelor’s degree. Eligibility is based on exceptional financial need. Funds are limited.
For more information, please visit the FSEOG website.
Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
Funded by the Federal Government, this grant is for undergraduate students in the B.S. in Education degree in a high need field such as Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, Special Education, and other identified teacher shortage areas. Students must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. The maximum grant per year is up to $4,000 for full-time attendance. Due to sequestration, the award amount may be reduced. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the student must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high -need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. The student must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of student for which he/she received a TEACH Grant. If the student fails to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that were received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The student must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. The student will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.
For more information, please visit the website.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Funded by the Federal Government, this grant is for undergraduate students who have not previously completed a baccalaureate or professional degree, and are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). To be eligible for the grant, the parent or guardian of the student was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the evens of 9/11, and the student was under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent's or the guardian's death. The grant is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year, but cannot exceed the cost of attendance for that award year. Due to sequestration, the award amount may be reduced.