Federal Grants

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 $657 to $6,195.
    • According to Federal Regulations and the University's policy, we freeze a student's Title IV eligibility at the census date. Any courses added after the census date will not be included towards increased Federal Pell eligibility.
  • 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.
  • TEACH Grants: The university no longer participates in the TEACH Grant program. The teaching certification programs ended in the fall of 2019.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG): The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a federal grant for students whose parent or guardian was a member of the US Armed Forces and died in service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2011. More information may be found here.

During the Summer 2021 Semester, the University has introduced sessions (1 and 2), each five weeks long in addition to the option of taking courses over the full ten weeks. Students may take course work in various combinations such as over the full ten weeks; courses over the full ten weeks and in session 1; courses over the full ten weeks and session 2; or courses in session 1 and session 2 separately.

The University will disburse aid based on Federal and State regulations combined with school policy. For example:

Example 1

  • If the student is only half-time when the semester begins (even though registered for full-time course work when including session 2, which will commence in the sixth week of the semester)
    • Pell will be disbursed at 50%.
    • Loans, SEOG and SLU aid will be fully disbursed.
    • TAP will not be disbursed until the student begins full-time course work.
    • The balance of Pell and all of TAP will disburse when session two begins (assuming the student attends).
    • If that same student does not attend session two, the balance of Pell and all of TAP will not disburse.

Example 2

  • If the student is attending less than half-time when the semester begins (even though registered for full-time course work when including session two, which will commence in the sixth week of the semester)
    • Pell will be disbursed at 25% as well as Loans and SLU aid.
    • TAP and SEOG will not disburse.
    • The balance of Pell and all of TAP and SEOG will disburse when session two begins (assuming the student attends)
    • If that same student does not attend session two, the balance of Pell and all of TAP and SEOG will not disburse.

More information about federal financial aid programs may be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov.