Grants

What you need to know about Grants

Grants are financial aid awards that are based on financial need.  This type of award does not have to be repaid.  If offered grants as a part of your financial aid award, FAU will automatically accept the Pell Grant.  All other grants offered will have to be accepted by the student.

Disbursement of Grant Aid

Grants will be prorated based on the students number of enrolled hours at the end of the drop/add period:

Academic Level Hours Award Offered %
Undergraduate     3-5 hours       less than 1/2 time ** see below
  6-8 hours half-time 50%
  9-11 hours 3/4 time 75%
  12+ hours full-time 100%
Graduate 3-4 hours less than 1/2 time 0%
  5-6 hours half-time 50%
  7-8 hours 3/4 time 75%
  9+ hours full-time 100%

Tentative disbursement dates are available for review on the Dates and Deadlines webpage at the beginning of each semester.  Tuition & fees and housing (excluding parking and library fines) owed to FAU for the current semester will be deducted first.  Summer enrollment requirements for Graduate students are different.  To view go to FAU Enrollment Requirements.

** only applies to some Pell grant recipients depending on Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

University Grants

FAU Grant

This grant is for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time at FAU who demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited and awards are made based on priority consideration.

FAU Academic Achievement Grant

The FAU Academic Achievement Grant is a four year need based grant awarded to students who entered FAU as a new (non-transfer) degree seeking student on or after the Summer 2019 semester.  To be eligible for the grant, the student must be admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate student, have a completed FAFSA file, and demonstrate financial need. Award amounts are based on academic profile and financial need. Enrollment in 15 or more credits is required for disbursement each semester. Annual renewal criteria include a complete FAFSA file for the award year, compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards,  financial need, and a minimum of 30 earned credits at the end of the academic year for each year that grant payment was received (example: if you have received payment of the award for the past 2 years, to renew in the third year, you must have 60 or more earned credits at the end of the second year).

FAU Academic Grant

The FAU Academic Grant is a four year progressive need based grant awarded to students who entered FAU as a new (non-transfer) degree seeking student prior to the Spring 2019 semester.  The grant will increase each year if annual eligibility and renewal requirements are met. To be eligible for the grant, the student must be admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate student, have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution of 10,000 or less, and be enrolled full time in the Fall and Spring semesters. Annual renewal criteria include a complete FAFSA file with an Expected Family Contribution of 10,000 or less, a minimum 3.0 FAU GPA, compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, and a minimum of 30 earned credits at the end of the academic year for each year that grant payment was received (example: if you have received payment of the award for the past 2 years, to renew in the third year, you must have 60 or more earned credits at the end of the second year).

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant Program

“Year-round Pell”

Effective summer 2018:  Students who have previously received two full-time Pell grant disbursements during fall/spring 2017/18, and meet the requirements below; will be entitled to an additional full-time Pell grant disbursement (e.g. 12 or more credits). For students with less than 12 credits, their estimated Pell grant award will be pro-rated based on enrollment credit hours.

Requirements to receive disbursement:

Effective the 2012-2013 school year and beyond, a student may receive a Pell Grant to the equivalent of six years. For information on how we calculate the "equivalent of six years" click on the following link: www.studentaid.ed.gov/pell-limit.

This is for undergraduate students seeking a first baccalaureate degree. The U.S. Department of Education determines award eligibility. Application deadline is June 30th of each year.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a student who has been awarded a PELL grant adds a class after the drop/add deadline, the PELL grant award will NOT increase due to late enrollment. The student will be awarded for the number of credits enrolled at the end of the drop/add period.   If the Pell Grant is the only award that the student is accepting, students must accept the terms and conditions on FAU Self-Service. 

TITLE IV PELL GRANT & ARCHITECTURE 5000-LEVEL COURSES (ONLY)

In general, with the exception of specific courses taken as part of the Bachelor of Architecture degree program, only undergraduate courses (identified as courses below the 5000 level) are eligible for Pell Grant funding.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)

This is for first baccalaureate degree students enrolled at least half-time who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and awards are made based on the priority consideration deadline.

Florida State Grants

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

This program awards for Florida residents seeking a first baccalaureate degree. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1st each year. Funds are limited and awards are made based on the priority consideration deadline. Also, any undergraduate Nursing student who qualifies for FSAG, enrolled in 9 credits, and participates in a clinical or laboratory practice for which no credit hours can be earned will be considered full time. Talented Twenty students qualify for priority funding if FSAG eligibility requirements are met. Please bring a copy of your Talented Twenty notification letter to the Financial Aid Office.

Benacquisto Scholarship Program

The Benacquisto Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for high school graduates who receive recognition as a National Merit® Scholar. Eligible scholars will receive an award equal to the institutional cost of attendance for an in-state student minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award. An initial application is not required.

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (as determined by the institution) and enroll at an eligible, regionally accredited, public or independent Florida postsecondary institution.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per term) in a baccalaureate degree program.
  • Be a 2018 National Merit® Scholar.
  • Enroll at an eligible Florida postsecondary institution during the 2018-19 fall academic term following high school graduation.
  • Physically reside in Florida on or near the institution’s campus where enrolled.

Renewal Requirements:

  • Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the spring semester of each academic year.
For automatic renewal, an award recipient will have:
  • Earned credit for all hours enrolled by the end of the regular drop/add period each term.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

A student who does not maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA by the end of the spring semester of the academic year shall be ineligible to continue in the program..

First Generation Matching Grant Program

The funds for this award come from the State of Florida and are matched by the FAU Foundation. House Bill 795 was signed into law on June 2, 2006 and became effective July 1, 2006 creating Section 1009.701, Florida Statutes. This law provides financial, need based assistance to undergraduate, degree-seeking Florida residents who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and:

  • attend a state University of Florida,
  • are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term,
  • demonstrate financial need,
  • whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. If student resides with only one parent who provides full support, that one parent must not have completed a baccalaureate degree for the student to be eligible, and
  • meet other criteria established by the individual Universities.

Please note that the letter refers to meeting Other Criteria established by the University. Those criteria are as follows:

  • Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • EFC of 5486
  • Preference will be given to First Time in College (FTIC) freshman and Florida Community College Transfer students for the initial award year
  • Continuing students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be considered if additional funding is available.

Award amount of $1500 per semester for full time, $1125 per semester for 3/4 time, $750 per semester for half time. Funds are not available for the SUMMER terms.

Renewal Requirements: To be considered eligible for renewal, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits for the prior Fall and Spring semesters combined. In addition students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis via the institutional appeal process.

Other Grants

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

This grant is available to eligible students whose parents or guardians died as a result of a U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and who are not eligible for the Pell Grant. If your parent(s) or guardian(s) died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and you are eligible for the Pell Grant, you may qualify for an increase. Students must:

  • complete the FAFSA
  • have been 23 years of age or younger when the parent or guardian died, or must have been enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian's death, if over the age of 23
  • meet all Title IV student eligibility requirements

Applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) that is not Pell-eligible, are eligible to receive an award under the IASG program. The amount of the IASG award is the same as the maximum Pell Grant for the award year, adjusted for the student’s enrollment status and cost of attendance. All other federal student aid will be awarded based on the student’s calculated EFC.

 

 Last Modified 12/12/18