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Federal Grants

Benefit overview

Federal grants provide money to eligible students to use for higher education programs. Unlike a student loan, grants are awards that don’t have to be repaid. The federal government administers four grant programs:

  • Federal Pell Grants. Usually awarded to undergraduate students with great financial need. These are students who haven’t earned a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree.
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants. Grants provide additional funds for Pell Grant recipients.
  • The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program. Provides grant funds to students enrolled in teaching programs. Students will teach in a high-need elementary or secondary school.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant award. Awarded to students who lost a military parent or guardian during military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps eligible recipients by providing additional money for education programs.

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Save money with federal grants.

Federal grants can save you thousands of dollars per year. Best of all, they don’t need to be paid back.

How to access this benefit

When applying for federal grants, start by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Schools use the information on the FAFSA® form to determine your eligibility for a Pell Grant. They can also determine how much you’re eligible to receive.

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