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These are the federal and state grant programs. They are designated to students are working towards a first bachelor's degree. Eligibility is based on FAFSA and school information. Links below will direct you to either a federal or state website describing the grant in more detail. There is also a Need Based Grant awarded to the early eligible applicants with significant federal need as determined by the FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grant

"Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added. Pell Grants are generally awarded only to undergraduate students who haven't earned a bachelor's or graduate degree."(U.S. Department of Education)

More information is available in the Grants section of the Department of Education's publication, Funding Education Beyond High School.

  • If you have been awarded the Pell Grant and attend less than full-time (12 credit hours), your grant amount is adjusted to the number of hours you are enrolled.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

"FSEOGs are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) numbers. Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards." (U.S. Department of Education)

More information is available in the Grants section of the Department of Education's publication, Funding Education Beyond High School.

  • You must attend at least half-time (6 credit hours) to receive this grant.

U of L Need Based Grant

This institutional need based grant is sponsored by the University of Louisville primarily for students who demonstrate financial need due to the rising cost of tuition.  Eligible recipients are selected automatically based on the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all required documents by the priority deadlines.

U of L University Grant and Martin Luther King Award

These institutional grants are sponsored by the University of Louisville primarily for students who demonstrate financial need due to extenuating circumstances. 

TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program is a non-need based program that provides up to $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester) to students enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach as a highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which TEACH Grant was awarded. Eligible undergraduate students may not receive more than $16,000 and graduate students may receive no more than $8,000 in total TEACH Grants.

In exchange for TEACH Grant aid, students must agree to serve as a full-time teacher at a federally designated low-income (Title I) school and teach in a specified high-need field for four academic years within eight years after completing their program. TEACH Grant recipients who do not fulfill their teaching obligations must repay the grant as if it was an unsubsidized Direct Loan, with interest accruing from the date the grant was disbursed.

(UPDATE: 01/02/2014) As a result of sequestration, funding for the TEACH Grant has been reduced. Per the Department of Education, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after October 1, 2013 must be reduced by .89 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $36 (cents are always rounded down to the nearest whole dollar), resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,964. Any TEACH Grant that was disbursed after October 1, 2013 will be adjusted accordingly. There will be no changes to awards disbursed prior to October 1, 2013.

Additional information about the program can be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach or in the Grants section of the Department of Education's publication, Funding Education Beyond High School.

You can view the state-by-state listing of Title I institutions on the Federal Student Aid (FSA) website: https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/. Click on the “Search” box and you can view low-income schools for a selected state.

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • Submit a completed FAFSA and meet all federal student eligibility requirements*
  • Be admitted into the Teacher Certification program. Please contact the College of Education and Human Development for more details, 852-5597.
  • Enroll in a degree program that has been identified by the federal government as “high-need”. (A state by state listing can be found at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc)
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA (high school GPA for first year undergrads) OR score in the 76th percentile or higher on at least one nationally normed admissions test (SAT, ACT, GRE)
  • Complete and sign Agreement to Serve (ATS) on file with the Department of Education

*Please note that the amount of TEACH Grant in combination with any other assistance may not exceed the cost of attendance

 

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