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A Quick Guide to College Grants

Grants don't have to be repaid, which makes them a great way to pay for college

If you're planning for college and need financial assistance, find out if you are eligible for grants. Grants are gift aid, which means you do not have to repay them. What's more, there are many kinds of grants available to many qualifying students. Use the following questions to help guide your search.

How do I qualify for grants?

Federal and state governments and your financial aid office determine your eligibility for a grant, and the amount of the award, based primarily on your financial need. To qualify, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list the school that you plan to attend on the form. Given your FAFSA, your school has all the information it needs to determine your eligibility for a grant and other kinds of financial aid.

How much grant money can I get?

It depends on how much it costs for you to attend a particular school, whether you are a part-time or a full-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. The amount awarded also depends on when you apply, your level of financial need, and the funding level of the school you're attending. If you qualify, your grant could range from $100 to several thousand dollars per year.

What are the federal grants?


Eligible students

Award amount


Pell grants

Undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor's or professional degree; students enrolled in teacher certification or licensing programs may also be eligible

Up to $5,815 for the 2016-2017 award years

Based on cost of attendance (COA), expected family contribution (EFC), and enrollment status

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Students pursuing a first bachelor's or professional degree

Between $100 and $4,000

  • Grant can't be transferred to another college.
  • If you are awarded a Pell Grant, you'll be given priority for the SEOG.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants

Undergraduate and graduate students and students enrolled in a teacher credential program

Up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching

  • Students must meet academic achievement requirements which include scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
  • TEACH Grant recipients must agree to serve as a full-time teacher at specified schools and teach in a specified field for four academic years within eight years after completing the college program.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service (IAS) Grants

College or career school student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan

Amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year, but cannot exceed the school's cost of attendance for that award year.


More information

For more information about grants and other forms of financial aid, contact the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, or talk to your high school counselor. You can also contact TG's Customer Assistance at (800) 845-6267.

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