Grants are a form of gift aid that does not have to be repaid in most circumstances. There are several types of grants available for Terra State students!

U.S. Department of Education Federal Grants

To help offset the cost of attending college, the U.S. Department of Education allots some money to be used for grant awards. In order to be considered for these grants, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend you file your FAFSA early due to the time required to process your application. Eligibility for these grants are determined by the U.S. Department of Education and our Financial Aid Office.


The grant was great in that it helped pay for the upfront costs of my classes." ~ Tom Patton


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Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are direct grants through participating institutions to students with financial need who have not received their first bachelor's degree. The Pell Grant does not need to be repaid, except under certain circumstance.

These awards for the academic year vary depending on financial aid and enrollment status. The Pell Grant has a lifetime limit of 6 years at full-time status, this is equivalent to 12 semesters or 600% of the Pell Grant used. The table below shows the breakdown of enrollment status levels which is determined by the number of credit hours you are enrolled in each semester.

Enrollment Status Credit Hours
Full time 12 or more
Three quarter time 9-11
Half time 6-8
Less than half time 1-5

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG Grant is a grant for students with exceptional financial need. The FSEOG Grant does not need to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.

Recipients of the Pell Grant who have the lowest estimated family contribution (EFC) will be the first to get the FSEOG Grant. This grant may be awarded in amounts up to $600 depending on need and availability of funds.

State of Ohio Grants

The Ohio Board of Regents offers a variety of grants to help students with the cost of education. Criteria, eligibility, and awards will vary depending upon which program a student is planning to apply.

Learn more about State of Ohio Grants