Federal Grants and Aid
General Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for federal financial aid you must:
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress and program pursuit
- Be a U. S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
- Have no debt from a defaulted guaranteed education loan
- Owe no refund on a federal Pell grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grant
- Meet selective services requirements
- Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program
- Have a high school diploma or GED (general educational diploma) certificate or you must pass an independently administered test approved by the U. S. Department of Education, or meet other standards your state establishes that are approved by the department.
Eligibility: Available to undergraduate eligible full-time or part-time students. Eligibility is based on financial need and funding. Student must meet federal academic standards to receive grant.
Possible Amounts: Award amount is based on need and fund availability.
Renewal Requirements: Renewal is not automatic. Student must file the FAFSA by May 1, and demonstrate financial need.
Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Eligibility. Students with great financial need who are eligible for a Pell Grant may be awarded an SEOG award in addition to their Pell Grant.
Possible Amounts: Award amount depends on need and the availability of federal funds.
Renewal Requirements: Complete the FAFSA each year.
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
Eligibility: A Federal Grant awarded to Pell-eligible students who are full-time or part-time in their freshman or sophomore year who were in a rigorous high school program. Note: Because the Federal Government is not funding this grant, it will not be available for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.
Federal National SMART Grant Program
Eligibility: This is a Federal Grant awarded to third and fourth year students who are Pell eligible, and enroll as full-time or part-time student. Student must be in a 4-year degree program and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. The student must be majoring in Science, Computer Science, Technology, Math or certain foreign languages. Note: Because the Federal Government is not funding this grant, it will not be available for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.
Eligibility: Full-time or part-time students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students.
Possible Amounts: $4,000.00 per year.
Renewal Requirements: Renewal is contingent upon full-time or part-time status, a cumulative 3.25 GPA, and FAFSA renewal. In addition, student must renew Teach Grant Agreement each academic year and must continue to be enrolled in an eligible degree program.
Federal Work-Study Program
Eligibility: Students with demonstrated financial need are allocated a specific amount of money they may earn by working up to 20 hours per week in various offices on and off campus.
Possible Amounts: Students may earn up to a maximum award amount allocated to them.
Renewal Requirements: Complete the FAFSA each year and contact the Financial Aid Office for a separate application. NOTE: Acceptance does not guarantee employment.
Opportunities Available: Employment opportunities are available on and off campus.
Please be advised that all federal financial aid programs are subject to change based on government allocations and regulations. The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to revoke any aid offer if there is any evidence that the conditions of enrollment status, financial need, or merit are not met.