Financial Aid Programs-Available Grants

Grants are a type of aid that do not have to be repaid* and may be awarded if students demonstrate financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The grants listed here are administered by EFSC based on state and federal regulations.

Federal Pell Grant

  • This is a federal grant program for students with the highest financial need.
  • Students with a prior bachelor’s degree are not eligible.
  • Initial awards are estimated based on the results of the FAFSA. Estimates will change if any criteria used to determine the student’s eligibility, such as major, degree status, satisfactory academic progress, income or family information changes.
  • Actual payment will not be determined until after the Pell Census Date.
  • Students do not have to be enrolled full time to receive a Pell Grant award. The amount actually paid from the Federal Pell Grant will be prorated if students enroll for less than 12 credits in a given term.
  • Students must attend class to be eligible for the Pell Grant.
  • Students are eligible to receive a Pell Grant award for no more than 12 terms of full-time equivalency enrollment regardless of major, catalog year or initial term or enrollment in a post-secondary institution.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • This is a need-based federal grant awarded to Pell Eligible students with exceptional financial need.
  • Limited funding is available and is awarded on a first come first served basis.

Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

  • This is a federal grant for students whose parents or guardians were members 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
  • Are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of the Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • Were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

  • FSAG is a need-based program for students who meet Florida residency requirements.
  • Limited funding is available in this program, and funding is awarded on a first come-first served basis.
  • FSAG is generally available for fall and spring terms only.

For additional details and regulations, visit the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).

*Pell and SEOG Grants may need to be repaid if the student withdraws from all classes or fails to pass any classes in the semester.