Grants are a type of financial aid that do not need to be repaid. Grants can come from federal or state government agencies.
Federal Grant Programs
Federal Grants are provided to students by the Federal Government and do not need to be paid back. Students apply for these grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Lifetime Limit of Eligibility
A student may receive a Pell grant for no more than six scheduled awards.
Survivors of Service Members
Students who have a Pell Grant eligible EFC will be treated as a student who has a zero EFC and will be awarded the maximum Federal Pell Grant Scheduled award based on the following criteria:
- Parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001
- Student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled in a postsecondary program at the time of the parent or guardian’s death
- Parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and;
- Student was less than 24 years or age or enrolled in a postsecondary program at the time of the parent or guardian’s death. These students are identified through the Department of Defense match conducted through the FAFSA.
State Grant Programs
State Grants are provided to students based on merit, need and even areas of study by their state of residence. For more information, students should contact their state’s postsecondary or higher education commissions directly.