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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is gift assistance that is funded and awarded by the federal government. Recipients must be enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree and meet all other eligibility criteria required for receipt of federal assistance. To receive a Pell Grant, an eligible student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than or equal to the maximum figure established by the federal government for the academic year. EFC is determined from the information reported on the FAFSA.

Application Process

To apply for the Pell Grant you must:

  • complete the FAFSA. Although the FAFSA may technically be filed through June 30, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year, Ohio State must have a valid EFC for you by the last day of classes spring semester to award you a Pell Grant. We strongly suggest; therefore, that you file your FAFSA as early as possible and no later than April 1, 2015. This is different from the priority date to be considered for other aid programs. You will automatically be considered for this award if you qualify based on your EFC once Ohio State has received your FAFSA information.
  • list The Ohio State University school code (#003090) on the FAFSA.

How much will I receive?

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for full-time students may vary from year to year. Awards for students enrolled less than full-time will be prorated. Effective July 1, 2012, the maximum number of terms you can receive the grant is 12 semesters (or its equivalent). You will receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit. You may not receive Federal Pell grant funds from more than one school at a time.

What do I need to do to keep my award?

The Federal Pell Grant is a Title IV federal financial aid program, which requires that you meet all eligibility criteria, including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), for receipt of federal aid. Please note that:

  • if your FAFSA information changes as a result of verification, your award may change.
  • you are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant once you have earned your first bachelor’s degree.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is free assistance funded by the federal government and awarded by Ohio State. The FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need and low Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Priority consideration is given to students who receive the Federal Pell Grant, meet the priority deadline, and demonstrate the greatest financial need. Recipients must meet all the eligibility criteria required for receipt of federal assistance, including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Application Process

To apply for the FSEOG you must:

  • complete the FAFSA by your priority deadline.
  • list The Ohio State University school code (#003090) on the FAFSA.

How much will I receive?

Amounts will vary dependent upon funding.

What do I need to do to keep my award?

You may receive FSEOG assistance as long as you maintain at least half-time enrollment and continue to meet all eligibility criteria, including Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), for receipt of federal aid. Please note that:

  • if your FAFSA information changes as a result of verification, your award may change.
  • you are no longer eligible for the FSEOG once you have earned your first bachelor’s degree.

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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)

Please see the program description on Student Aid on the Web for general information about the TEACH Grant, or contact the SSC for additional information.

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