Grants can be an important part of your financial aid package.

If you have filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA>), you’ve automatically applied for the major federal grant programs. To receive a grant, you must have financial need as defined by the federal government. You also must meet the eligibility requirements for financial aid

There are two major types of federal grants:

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant program is the federal government’s largest student financial aid program. You can receive maximum of up to $5,775 each academic year, although the actual amount you’ll get depends on a number of factors. If you’ve already received a bachelor’s degree, you’re not eligible for a Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need may qualify for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). Funding for the grant is limited, and priority is given to students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). A typical grant is $400 for the academic year.