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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. In addition, 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

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

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant Program

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:

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. 


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 January 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.

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 5273
  • 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 10/1/15