Federal Grants

Federal Grants

Pell Grants are awarded by the federal government to those students who are determined to be eligible after completing the FAFSA. A Pell Grant is applied directly to your student account and does not have to be repaid. The amount is determined according to eligibility and the number of hours in which you enroll. Pell Grants are not available to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.

The Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant administered by the University. The SEOG Grant is applied directly to your student account and does not have to be repaid. To be eligible for the SEOG Grant, you must meet the same Pell Grant eligibility requirements and you must apply early since SEOG funds are limited. The amount is subject to change based on availability of funds.
 
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is a federal grant for full time undergraduate students. The maximum award for a first academic year eligible undergraduate student is $750; the maximum award for a second  academic year eligible undergraduate student is $1,300. In order to receive an ACG, a student must:
  • receive a Federal Pell Grant during the same award year
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a first or second year full time undergraduate student in a degree program at a two year or four year degree granting institution
  • have completed a rigorous secondary school program of study
  • if a first year student - have completed secondary school after Jan. 1, 2006
  • if a second year student - have completed secondary school after Jan. 1, 2005, and have at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of the first academic year of undergraduate study

For a list of recognized rigorous programs of secondary school study in your state visit www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/about/ac-smart/state-programs.html
 
National Science and Mathematics Access Grant (National SMART Grant) is a federal grant program for full time undergraduate students who are enrolled in their third or fourth academic year of undergraduate study.  The award is for up to $4,000 for each of the third and fourth academic years. In order to receive a Nation SMART Grant, a student must:
  • receive a Federal Pell Grant during the same award year
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • be a full time student in his or her third or fourth academic year of an undergraduate degree program
  • be pursing a major in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering, or critical foreign language
  • have a least a 3.0 GPA as of the end of the second award year and continue to maintain a 3.0 GPA that must be checked prior to the beginning of each payment period (e.g. semester)