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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program is designated for undergraduate students working toward their first undergraduate degree and who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant. Unlike a loan, the grant does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.

The amount of your grant is determined by the Cost of Attendance, the Expected Family Contribution provided by the U.S. Department of Education, and your enrollment status. If you are enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours), you will receive your full eligibility. If you are enrolled nine to eleven credit hours, you will receive three-fourths of your eligibility. If you are enrolled six to eight credit hours, you will receive one-half of your eligibility. If you are enrolled less than six credit hours, you may be eligible for approximately one-quarter of your eligibility each semester.

**A student may only receive a Federal Pell Grant for the equivalent of 12 semesters.

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800 GSW State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709


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Other Available Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG is designated for undergraduate students enrolled at least halftime. Eligibility is based on Established Financial Need, and funding is limited to students with Federal Pell Grant eligibility. 

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Just like Pell Grants, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid.

How much can I get?

You can receive between $100 and $400 a year, depending on when you apply, your financial need, the funding at the school you're attending, and the policies of the financial aid office at your school. If you're eligible, your school will credit your account, pay you directly (usually by check), or combine these methods.

Georgia Public Safety Memorial Grant

Designated for the son or daughter of any Georgia public safety officer who is killed or disabled in the line of duty. This program, which is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education, covers the Cost of Attendance at a Georgia public post-secondary institution, minus other aid received, including the Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant. Eligible students should contact GSFC at 1-800-505-GSFC.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Beginning with the 2010-11 award year, a student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Additional Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Be under 24 years old
  • Enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death

The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year – not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.

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