Programs : Grants

Grants listed on this page are programs administered and/or awarded through the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA). Grants are gift aid (no repayment required) awarded to students who show financial need.

Students apply for the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Florida Student Assistance Grant, and the I. Douglas Turner Grant by completing a FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant program provides financial assistance to students who could not otherwise afford to pay for college as an undergraduate. The government awards grants according to each student’s financial need as determined by federal methodology, a congressionally established need analysis formula. Need for other aid is based upon and determined around the student’s eligibility for Federal Pell Grant.

Awards range from $602 to $5,645 (academic year 2013-14) and $602 to $5,730 (academic year 2014-15). Students completing their financial aid application are automatically considered for Pell Grant money.

Pell Grant awards are calculated at the end of drop/add. The amount of the award is based upon the student’s registration at that time.

Effective July 1, 2012, the Pell Grant duration of eligibility has been set to 12 full-time semesters, or approximately six years. This new limit will apply to all Pell recipients regardless of when the student first began receiving Pell Grant funds.

You can see your Pell Grant history using NSLDS, the National Student Loan Data System. After logging in with your federal PIN, you will then be directed to a web page that shows “Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used” under the Grants section.

To be eligible for a federal Pell Grant, you must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  2. show financial need according to the Federal Student Aid Report (SAR);
  3. be an undergraduate enrolled in a degree-seeking program;
  4. maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  5. not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any previous aid program.
  6. complete any Quality Assurance or Verification review, if selected.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs (FSEOG) is a federally funded aid program awarded by SFA to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need. UF selects recipients and determines award amounts, based on greatest financial need. Awards at UF generally range from $100 to $2,000 per year. Applicants must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  2. have financial need as determined from an aid application;
  3. be an undergraduate enrolled for at least six credit hours;
  4. maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  5. not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any previous aid program
  6. be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

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Florida Student Assistance Grants

The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) is a state-funded program awarded to qualified undergraduates who attend eligible Florida institutions and show financial need and academic promise and who have maintained Florida residency at least 12 months before the beginning of the term for which they are applying. Awards range from $200 to $2,235 per academic year.
To be eligible, you must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  2. be an undergraduate enrolled at least six credit hours in a degree-seeking program; students unable to enroll 12 hours due to their disabilities may qualify for financial assistance with part-time enrollment at a prorated award amount.
  3. be a Florida resident for 12 consecutive months before the beginning of the academic year;
  4. meet state academic progress standards for renewal of FSAG;
  5. have a minimum 2.0 GPA;
  6. meet Selective Service registration requirements;
  7. not have defaulted on or owe a refund to a state or federal aid program;
  8. to renew-have earned 12 credit hours each full-time semester, 9 credit hours for each three-quarter-time semester, and 6 hours for each half-time semester during which FSAG was received the previous academic year;
  9. have a family contribution less than amount required by the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
  10. meet College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) requirements.

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I. Douglas Turner Grant

This UF-funded program is awarded by SFA to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional need. Awards generally range from $100 to 5,000 per academic year.
Eligibility requirements are the same as for FSEOG, with the exception that the student does not need to receive a Pell Grant to receive these grants.
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UF Graduate Grant

This UF-funded grant program is awarded by SFA to graduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $100 to $2,000 per academic year.

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Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG)

The ACG created by the Higher Education Reconciliation Act (HERA) of 2005, is a federally funded undergraduate program. Awards range from $1 to $1,300. Eligibility includes:

  1. being a U.S. Citizen, a Federal PELL Grant recipient
  2. completion of a rigorous high school program
  3. graduation from high school after January 1, 2005
  4. and full-time enrollment in a two- or four-year degree program.
  5. students in their second academic year must have obtained a college cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

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National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant

The National SMART Grant is a federally funded undergraduate program. Eligibility includes:

  1. being a U.S. Citizen
  2. a Federal PELL Grant recipient
  3. third- or fourth-year student in degree-seeking program
  4. full-time enrollment in an eligible major
  5. and a college cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

The maximum award per academic year is $4,000.

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Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant

If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,550 for the 2012–13 award year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013).

More information regarding the Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant can be found on the Federal Student Aid site.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (“TEACH” Grant)

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (“TEACH” Grant) program was created by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Student Eligibility Requirements

To receive a TEACH Grant, a UF student must:

  1. Complete the TEACH Grant Application
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  4. Be enrolled in one of the following UF College of Education programs:
    • Pro Teach Biology Education – Master of Education Program
    • Pro Teach Chemistry Education- Master of Education Program
    • Pro Teach Physics Education – Master of Education Program
    • Pro Teach Elementary Education with Special Education Emphasis – Bachelor of Education plus Master of Education Program (must have AA degree if transfer student or be admitted after 60 UF hours; must continue beyond bachelor’s degree)
    • Pro Teach Early Childhood Education – Bachelor of Education plus Master of Education Program (must have AA degree if transfer student or be admitted after 60 UF hours; must continue beyond bachelor’s degree)
    • Mathematics Education Educator Preparation Institute – Master of Education Program

In addition, students must meet the following academic achievement requirements:

    • Score above the 75th percentile on one battery of a nationally-normed college admissions test such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, etc,
      Or
    • If a first semester, first time in college freshman – graduate from High School, with a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale AND maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout your academic program for which you receive a TEACH Grant
    • If a first semester graduate student – have an undergraduate Cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale AND maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout your academic program for which you receive a TEACH Grant
    • If a first semester transfer student – have a transfer Cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale AND maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout your academic program for which you receive a TEACH Grant
      Or
    • Be a TEACH grant recipient who is currently a teacher or retiree who is applying for a TEACH Grant to obtain a master’s degree in a TEACH Grant-eligible program
  • Complete the TEACH Grant entrance and subsequent counseling
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) each year with the U.S. Department of Education available electronically here.
General Program Requirements
  • The grant must be repaid as Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan if student does not fulfill ALL of the requirements of the program. Interest will accrue from date of original disbursement.
  • A student can receive up to $4,000 per year for an undergraduate degree ($16,000 aggregate for a 4 year program). A graduate student can receive $4,000 per year ($8,000 aggregate total)
  • Students in certificate programs are eligible. Undergraduate aggregate amounts apply.
  • Grant is prorated for less than half-time enrollment (3000 for 3/4 time; 2000 for 1/2 time; 1000 for less than half-time)
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Each year to receive a TEACH Grant, the student must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement) that will be available electronically on a Department of Education Web site. The TEACH Grant service agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by the student that they understand that if the teaching service requirements are not met they must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed.

Teaching Obligation

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant as a loan with interest recipients must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years within eight years of finishing the program and must teach at a school serving low-income students. Specific definitions of terms are included below.

Highly-Qualified Teacher

The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—here.

Full-Time Teacher

Must meet the state’s definition of a full-time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. In order for teaching to count towards meeting the service obligation, the recipient must teach in a designated “high need” field AND at a designated school. These designations can change over time. Elementary school teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.

High-Need Subject Areas
  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Other teacher shortage areas identified at the time you begin teaching. These are subject areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing here.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits here.

Documentation

For each TEACH-eligible program for which TEACH Grant funds are received, recipients must provide documentation to the Department of Education that the teaching obligation was completed. TEACH Grant recipients must also confirm to the Federal Department of Education in writing within 120 days of completing or otherwise ceasing enrollment in the TEACH-eligible program that they are fulfilling (or planning to fulfill) the terms and conditions of the service agreement.

The elementary or secondary school’s chief administrative officer must certify documentation of the teaching service. This documentation must show that you were a full-time, highly-qualified teacher at a school serving low-income students, teaching a high-need subject area for at least four years.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
  • FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE TEACHING OBLIGATION OR PROPERLY DOCUMENT TEACHING SERVICE WILL CAUSE THE TEACH GRANT TO BE PERMANENTLY CONVERTED TO AN UNSUBSIDIZED FEDERAL DIRECT STAFFORD LOAN WITH INTEREST. Interest would accrue from the date of the original disbursement.
  • ONCE A GRANT IS CONVERTED TO A LOAN IT CAN’T BE CONVERTED BACK TO A GRANT!
  • Students must seriously consider the financial impact that converting these grants into loans will have on their future.

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