A grant is a form of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. FGCU participates in several need-based federal and state-funded grant programs.
Federal Pell GrantToggle More Info
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant awarded to undergraduate students who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree. Eligibility is based on the students' Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA and their enrollment status at the end of add/drop each semester. Scheduled awards range from $650 to $6,195 for the 2019-2020 academic year (Fall/Spring). Students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year, the equivalent of 3 full-time semester awards.
Pell Grant lifetime limit is set to 12 full-time semesters, or approximately 6 years. The limit will apply to all Pell recipients regardless of when the student first began receiving Pell Grant funds. This limit is tracked by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)Toggle More Info
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need (i.e. they have a low EFC and are also Federal Pell Grant recipients). Awards range from $200 - $1000 per academic year, depending upon college funding levels. Due to limited funding, not all students that meet eligibility and deadline requirements will receive this grant. This grant is for one year only and is not guaranteed in subsequent years.
TEACH Grant ProgramToggle More Info
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $4,000.00 per year to upper-level and graduate students who intend to teach in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Undergraduate students must major in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Math Education, Secondary Biology Education or Secondary Social Science Education; graduate students must major in Special Education. Students must have and maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA to be eligible for the TEACH Grant. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, students are required to teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received a TEACH Grant. Failure to complete this service obligation will result in the TEACH Grant being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Students in the TIP program are not eligible for a TEACH grant.
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)Toggle More Info
The Florida Student Assistance Grant is awarded to undergraduate Florida residents with substantial financial need who enroll in a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester. A FSAG award at FGCU can range from $200 - $2,000 per academic year. A student must submit the FAFSA in a timely manner to be considered for this grant. Due to limited funding, not all students that meet eligibility and deadline requirements will receive this grant. This grant is for one year only and is not guaranteed in subsequent years. Additional eligibility and renewal criteria for this award can be found at Florida Student Assistance Grant.
First Generation Matching Grant (FGMG)Toggle More Info
The First Generation Matching Grant Program (FGMG) provides need-based grants to undergraduate students who are enrolled in state universities and whose parents have not earned baccalaureate degrees. Due to limited funding, not all students that meet eligibility and deadline requirements will receive this grant. This grant is for one year only and is not guaranteed in subsequent years. The student should satisfy the following eligibility criteria for this grant:
- Submit the Application for FGCU Foundation Scholarships annually by March 1st.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need.
- The student must also be eligible to receive the Florida Student Assistant Grant (FSAG).
- The student will meet Florida's residency requirements for receipt of state financial aid by maintaining Florida residency for purposes other than education for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the academic term for which funds are available.
- Not owe a repayment under any State, Federal Grant or Scholarship Program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
- Not be in default on any Federal Title IV or State Student Loan Program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
- Previously have not earned a baccalaureate degree.
- Be a first generation college student. (Note: A student is considered "first generation" if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher). A student would also be eligible if he/she regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree.
- Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
FGCU Undergraduate GrantToggle More InfoThe FGCU Undergraduate Grant is awarded to needy students who file the FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1. Students are eligible for a full-time award when they are enrolled in a minimum of twelve undergraduate credit hours per semester; they receive a prorated award when they are enrolled in fewer than twelve undergraduate credit hours per semester. Students must enroll for at least six undergraduate credit hours per semester in order to be eligible. The maximum full-time award is $2,000 per academic year. Due to limited funding, not all students that meet eligibility and deadline requirements will receive this grant. This grant is for one year only and is not guaranteed in subsequent years.