Federal and State Grants
Federal Pell Grants
This program also uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine a student's eligibility. There are several ways to file: Online at fafsa.gov is faster and easier than using paper. If you need a paper FAFSA, you can download a PDF FAFSA or order a print-out of the PDF FAFSA by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827). You can check the status of your FAFSA immediately after submitting it online. You can check the status of a paper FAFSA after it has been processed (roughly 7–10 days from the date mailed). Here’s how: Option 1: Go to www.fafsa.gov and log in. Option 2: Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center. If your FAFSA is still being processed, we recommend that you wait a few days before checking the status again.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program
This grant program provides assistance to students with exceptional financial need. Consideration is first given to Pell Grant recipients and students with the lowest family contribution.
State Scholarship and Grant Programs
Many states have scholarship and grant programs for students attending institutions of higher education. The application process, eligibility criteria, and the number of awards differ from state to state. Specific information can be obtained from high school guidance offices and the Department of Education in the applicant's state.