Need-based grants are provided as "free money" to help defer educational costs. Several sources exist for grant opportunities such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), Stetson Grant and the Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant.
Keep in mind that though we've listed some grants below, there are many other grant opportunities out there. We encourage you to search the Internet for opportunities and apply to any to which you qualify.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to post-secondary education. Grant amounts are dependent on the following: the student's Expected Family Contribution (E.F.C. - as determined by FAFSA), the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution), the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time) and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant provides need-based grant aid to eligible undergraduate students to help reduce financial barriers to post-secondary education. Students qualify for grants by demonstrating financial need.
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
The Florida Student Assistance Grant is a need-based grant program available to degree-seeking, resident, undergraduate students who demonstrate substantial financial need and are enrolled in participating post-secondary institutions.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students who plan to complete a degree program in pursuit of becoming a teacher. Conditions for receiving the grant include: teaching in a high-need field; at an elementary, secondary or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; students must teach for at least four complete academic years within eight years of completing or ceasing enrollment in their degree program.
Steps to apply for the TEACH Grant:
- Complete a FAFSA
- Complete the Stetson TEACH Grant Application
- Complete the Agreement to Serve
- Complete the TEACH Grant Counseling
Effective Access to Student Education Grant (EASE)
The EASE Grant provides tuition assistance to resident undergraduate students attending an eligible private, non-profit Florida college or university.