Each student who requests financial assistance from St. Lawrence is expected to apply for any federal and state scholarship and grant assistance for which he or she may be eligible. Federal and state grants are resources that do not have to be repaid. Federal and state grants for which students may be eligible include:
- Federal Pell Grants:
This federal program makes direct grants available to students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and have demonstrated eligibility according to federal guidelines using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The range of Federal Pell Grants in any year depends on annual federal appropriations. The current range is $400 to $4,050.
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG):
Under this program, the federal government makes funds available to St. Lawrence to assign to students. Priority for these funds is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. A student's financial-aid package may include both Federal Pell Grant and SEOG funds. The amount of an award will vary depending on when you apply, your level of need and St. Lawrence University's funding level. There is no guarantee every eligible student will be able to receive an SEOG.
- Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG):
The ACG was a new Federal grant program in 2006-2007 for first year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006, and for second year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005. The ACG provides up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year to full-time students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and who have successfully completed a rigorous high school academic program, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. Second year students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 prior to the start of their sophomore year. Note that the ACG is only available to first and second year students. Future award limits of the ACG will be established by the U.S. Department of Education each year.
- Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (Smart Grant):
The Smart Grant is available during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time (as determined by the SLU Financial Aid Office) students who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants and who are majoring in academic programs determined to be critical to national security (these currently include some specific mathematics, technology, engineering and foreign language majors). Qualifying academic majors are determined by the U.S. Department of Education each year. The student must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The Smart Grant currently provides up to $4,000 for each of the third and fourth years of undergraduate study. Future award limits for the Smart Grant will be established by the U.S. Department of Education, and will rely on the availability of funding each year.
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
More information about federal financial aid programs may be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov.