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  • A grant is a form of financial assistance that does not need to be repaid. Grants are made available to those with certain levels of financial need or who meet other requirements.
  • Types of Grants: (Click on the appropriate link, or scroll down, for more information)
    Federal Pell Grant
    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College Education (TEACH) Grant
    State Funds (Illinois): IL-MAP
    Other State Grants
    Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant
    Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant 

    Federal Pell Grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Education to all students who qualify on the basis of need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) used to determine eligibility for this grant may be filed online. Pell grant awards normally range from $555 to $5,550 per year. 

    Federal Pell Grants
    Type of aid Grant
    Award amounts
    $555-$5,550 per academic year
    Application process
    File the FAFSA for the following fall semester, although eligibility for this fund continues regardless of the FAFSA filing date.
    Eligibility requirements
    Demonstrate high financial need
    Renewal requirements
    Eligibility determined annually
    EFC eligibility
    0-5,273
    Enrollment requirements
    • 12 or more credit hours required per term for full award
    • 9–11 credit hours required for 3/4-time award in some cases
    • 6–8 credit hours required for 1/2-time award in some cases
    • 1–5 credit hours required for less-than-1/2-time award in some cases
     
    Grade level eligibility
    First undergraduate degree only. Pell Grant funding cannot be used for graduate class expenses or subsequent undergraduate studies after the student earns his or her first bachelor’s degree.
    Costs this aid can cover

    Any educationally related expenses

      Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): Awarded to students with exceptional financial need. The SEOG is awarded through the University from funds allocated to the school by the federal government. Awards are typically $300 per year. 

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    Type of aid
    Grant
    Award amounts
    $300 per academic year
    Application process
     File the FAFSA as early as possible although potential eligibility for this fund continues regardless of the FAFSA filing date. SEOG is a limited funding source that can get exhausted, so early filing is recommended annually.
    Eligibility requirements
    Demonstrates high financial need
    Renewal requirements
    Eligibility determined annually
    EFC eligibility requirements
    0-5,273
    Enrollment requirements
    • 12 or more credit hours per term for full award
    • 6–11 credit hours required for partial award
     
    Grade level eligibility
    First undergraduate degree only. SEOG funding cannot be used for graduate class expenses or subsequent undergraduate studies after the student earns his or her first bachelor’s degree.
    Costs this aid can cover
    Any educationally related expense

    Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant: The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program was designed to benefit current and prospective teachers. The maximum TEACH Grant amount is up to $4,000 per academic year. Maximum aggregate awards are $16,000 for students working toward their first undergraduate or post-baccalaureate program; and $8,000 for graduate students.

    Recipients of this grant must sign an agreement to meet specific teaching requirements within eight years after completing the program for which the grant was received. If the teaching requirement is not fulfilled, the grant must be repaid as an unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan.

    Applicants must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which includes a question that will assist colleges in identifying students who may be eligible for a TEACH Grant. Details (including eligibility requirements, specifics regarding the agreement to serve/promise to pay, and academic requirements for the college the applicant attends) are provided on the TEACH Grant.

    Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
    Type of aid
    Grant
    Award amounts
    Up to $4,000 per year
    Filing deadline
    Open
    Application process
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year.
    Eligibility requirements
    Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student; enroll in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching in one of these high-need fields:
    • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
    • Foreign Language
    • Mathematics
    • Reading Specialist
    • Science
    • Special Education
    • Other identified shortage areas at the time you begin teaching in that field
     
    EFC eligibility range
    Open
    Enrollment requirements
    Grant prorated for less than full-time enrollment
    Grade level eligibility
    Student must be fully admitted into a qualifying major.
    Special rules
    In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. You must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which your received a TEACH Grant. If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You will repay this to the U.S. Department of Education and will be charged retroactive interest at a rate of 6.8% from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. We encourage only those students who believe they can fulfill this service obligation to accept this funding.
    Costs this aid can cover
    Amount of TEACH Grant, in combination with other assistance, may not exceed cost of attendance.

    State Funds (Illinois): IL-MAP: Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program (MAP): The State of Illinois provides financial assistance to all residents of the state who show a need for college assistance. This grant may cover tuition and fees only. The current maximum yearly award is $4,720. The FAFSA form used to apply for federal aid applies to the Illinois state assistance as well. The award amounts are contingent upon legislative action and funding each year.

    State Funds (Illinois): IL-MAP
    Type of aid
    Grant
    Award amounts
    Amounts vary annually. Maximum amount for the year is $4,720.
    Application process
    File the FAFSA by state deadline. This is a budgeted category, so those eligible are serviced on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Eligibility requirements
    Student must be an Illinois resident. Student must be a high school graduate or hold a GED. Student must show financial need for this award.
    Renewal requirements Eligibility for this award calculated annually
    EFC eligibility range Open
    Enrollment requirements Full-time enrollment each fall and spring semester
    Grade level eligibility First undergraduate degree
    Costs this aid can cover Tuition and fees

    Other State Grants: Residents outside the state of Illinois should inquire into the availability of state grants for college education which may be applied toward their education at Olivet. The states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are among those who will permit students to transfer grants to out-of-state private schools. All Illinois grant programs can be found here.

     Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant: Awarded to Pell Grant recipients during their first and second academic years who are U.S. citizens; have completed a rigorous program of study in high school (as determined by their state); and are enrolled full time. Second-year recipients must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of their first academic year to receive the award.

    Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant: Awarded to Pell Grant recipients during their first and second academic years who are U.S. citizens; in their third or fourth academic year in a four-year program; enrolled full time; and pursuing a major in mathematics, science (including physical, life, and computer sciences), technology, engineering, or a critical foreign language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese or Russian. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible.