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The College Opportunity Grant is no longer available.


What is the ACG Grant and how do I qualify?

NOTE:  Please note that this program will not be funded after the 2010-2011 aid year.

The Academic Competitiveness Grant is awarded to eligible financially needy first and second year undergraduate students who completed a rigorous high school program of study as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  A student may receive only two ACG awards (i.e. limited to two semesters) and the set value is $750 for the first year and $1,300 for the second year. Students must be Pell eligible and maintain a 3.0 GPA.  A student can only receive ACG for up to 60 attempted hours.


What is the SMART Grant and how do I qualify? 

NOTE:  Please note that this program will not be funded after the 2010-2011 aid year.

The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant is awarded to eligible financially needy third and fourth year undergraduate students who are pursuing eligible majors in the physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or a critical foreign language. A student may receive only two National SMART Grant awards (i.e. limited to two semesters) and the set value is $4000 for each of the third and fourth years.  Students must be Pell eligible and maintain a 3.0 GPA.  A student can only receive SMART for 61-120 attempted hours.


What is the Federal Pell Grant and how do I qualify?

The Federal Pell Grant provides up to $5350 per student annually for educational costs. Like all grants, the Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. To qualify for a Pell Grant, you must have exceptional need (Expected Family Contribution of 4617 or less in 2009-2010), be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and not have a bachelor's degree. The amount of your grant is based on your EFC, which means that you must have a zero EFC to qualify for the maximum award amount. The amount of your award is also affected by the number of hours that you are enrolled. This means that a full-time student with an EFC of zero will receive more than a part-time student with an EFC of zero.


What is the FSEOG and how is it awarded?  

The FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant) is awarded to Pell Grant recipients on a first come basis. In order to improve your chances of receiving the FSEOG, you should complete your financial aid file before the priority deadline of March 1st. The maximum annual award is $800.

Please Note:
Gift aid including but not limited to the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, HOPE Scholarship, and private scholarships, is taxable income. You must report gift aid that exceeds the cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Please consult with your tax preparer if you have questions about how to complete your taxes.