Grants


Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are grants awarded to eligible students who have not already earned a bachelor's degree. For 2017-2018, awards range from $593 to $5,920 for the academic year for full-time enrollment.

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal student aid gift assistance program available to undergraduates. To determine eligibility, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Based on the information submitted, the federal processor calculates an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) that determines the applicant's entitlement. The amount of the grant is also affected by enrollment status (full-time or part-time).

CLICK HERE for important information about the Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) 
These grants are awarded to eligible full-time undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor's degree and who have exceptional need. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive FSEOG assistance. Awards range from $250 to $1,000 per academic year and are dependent on the level of federal funding received by USC Aiken.

Application requires submission of the FAFSA. FAFSA results received by the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid by March 15th will receive priority consideration. Follow-up documents, if required, should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid promptly to ensure consideration for these funds. Funding is limited and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

South Carolina Need-based Grant
This program awards up to $2,500 per academic year at USC Aiken to South Carolina residents demonstrating financial need. 

Application requires submission of the FAFSA. FAFSA results received by the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid by March 15th will receive priority consideration. Follow-up documents, if required, should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid promptly to ensure consideration for these funds. Funding is limited and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Click here for additional information and eligibility criteria.

TEACH Grant 
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant was established by the federal government in 2007 to encourage highly qualified teachers to serve low income schools in high-need fields. Institutional participation in the program is optional.

TEACH Grant applicants must complete the FAFSA and enroll in a program (major) that prepares them to teach in either a federally defined high-need field¹ or in a field classified as high-need by state².

As a requirement for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to teach a majority of classes in a high-need field at a low-income³ public or private elementary or secondary school, as a highly-qualified teacher. Students must teach full-time for at least four academic years within the first eight years of completing the program of study for which the TEACH Grant was received.

TEACH Grants will be converted into Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, with interest accrued from the date of disbursement of each grant received, for students who do not meet, in full, all required teaching obligations. TEACH Grants converted into loans can never be converted back into grants.

Questions regarding the TEACH Grant may be directed to our office. Additional information can also be found online at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach

¹Federally defined high-need fields:
Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition 
Foreign Language
Mathematics
Reading Specialist
Science
Special Education

²Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (by state): http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc

³Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits: go to https://tcli.ed.gov and click on the Search button.