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Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal student aid gift assistance program available to undergraduates pursuing a first undergraduate degree. Students enrolled less than half-time may be considered for a Pell Grant. 

Awards can range from $598-$5,815 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

This grant is awarded to students with the highest level of financial need as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. There is no set income for the determination of Pell Grant eligibility. The federal government takes all the information provided on the FAFSA to determine a student’s Pell Grant eligibility. Pell eligibility can change from year to year.

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU)

A new law reduces the duration of Federal Pell Grant eligibility to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This applies to all Federal Pell Grant eligible students.

The maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100%. The 12-semester or six-year equivalent is 600%.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Awards are based on the availability of funds, and average approximately $2000 per academic year. You must be an undergraduate enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) and be Pell Grant eligible.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

A student may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) if:

  • the student is not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant (based on the Expected Family Contribution), but
  • the student meets remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • the student's parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • the student was under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the death of the student's parent or guardian.

The IASG is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance for that award year (for the 2015-16 award year-July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016-the maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,775).

Due to sequestration, for any 2015-16 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, the maximum award amount of $5,775 is reduced by 7.3 percent ($421.57), resulting in a maximum award of $5,382.30.

The Office of Financial Aid will identify qualifying recipients of this grant based on data contained within the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The US Department of Education will notify students who could meet this criteria.