Grants are a type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid, and are typically based on demonstrated need.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally-funded grant awarded based on financial need.  The Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.  The amount of Pell Grant awarded can change from year-to-year, and is contingent on the following:

  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined by the FAFSA results.
  • Your financial need.
  • Your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
  • Your status as a full-time or part-time student.  The Pell Grant is awarded based on full-time enrollment (12 or greater undergraduate hours), and is prorated based on enrollment for less than full-time enrollment..

 You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Effective July 1, 2012, Pell Grant funds may not be received for more than the equivalent of six full-time academic years.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federally-funded grant awarded based on exceptional need and availability of funds.  To be considered for the FSEOG a student must be:

  • eligible for the Federal Pell Grant,
  • enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate hours),
  • completed FAFSA early,
  • and meet other eligibility requirements.

The FSEOG is awarded on a first come-first served basis until available funds are expended.

Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP)

The Alabama Student Assistance Program (ASAP) Grant is a state funded grant  awarded based on exceptional need and availability of funds.  To be considered for the ASAP Grant a student must be:

  • eligible for the Federal Pell Grant,
  • enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate hours),
  • completed FAFSA early,
  • and meet other eligibility requirements.

The ASAP is awarded on a first come-first served basis until available funds are expended.

Federal TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. 

As a condition for for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach

  • in a high-need field 
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant. 

IMPORTANT:  If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.  You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from he date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf).

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