Grants and Scholarships
Grants and Scholarships provided by the Federal Government include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- FSEOG Grant
- TEACH Grant
- Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grants
- Military Family AidGrants are considered “need-based” aid, which scholarships can be either need based or “merit-based.” All grants and scholarships are considered “gift aid” or “free aid” because they are financial aid that does not need to be repaid.Everyone likes free money for school. Since every other student attending college is also looking for this free money, you should pursue grants and scholarships at the beginning of your financial aid search. Look for free student aid that you may qualify for first, fill out all of your applications and meet the deadlines, then move on to other forms of financial aid as a follow-up to and grants and scholarships you may be awarded.In certain cases, if you don’t meet the requirements for your gift aid, you may be required to pay back all or part of your award. Usually this is only in extreme situations, such as withdrawing from school in the middle of a term, failing, or being kicked out of school. If you don’t meet the minimum requirements for your merit-based aid, like a minimum GPA or pursuit of a certain area of study, you may lose your scholarship for future school terms.