The Federal Pell Grant is a federally-funded program designed to help the neediest undergraduate students pay for their education. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and satisfactory academic progress. The amount depends on the student’s financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. For more information see the Federal Pell Grant website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/index.html.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program provides assistance to eligible undergraduate students who show greatest financial need, are making satisfactory academic progress toward their educational goal and receive a Federal Pell Grant. A student can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on financial need, date of application, the amount of other aid received, and the availability of funds at COM. For more information see the FSEOG website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/fseog.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) is a federally-funded program designed to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with the loss of a parent as a result of the parent’s military service in Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. The IASG grant is designed to provide as much as the maximum Federal Pell Grant in an effort to alleviate some or all of a student’s educational expenses. Students that were not enrolled in an accredited educational institution at the time of their parent’s death will not qualify for the IASG, as the award is meant as emergency funding for students who were attending classes at the time they lost their parent and primary source of financial support. In addition to the above requirements, a qualifying student must have been under the age of 24 at the time of their parent’s death, and they must not qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.