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Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid offers a variety of federal grants to students attending four-year universities. All of the federal grants awarded by Temple University are awarded to students with financial need.  To apply for federal grants a student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Federal Pell Grants

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) The amount of any other student aid for which you might qualify does not affect the amount of your Federal Pell Grant. 

Eligibility

  • Amounts can change yearly. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,730 for the 2014–15 award year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). The amount a student receives depends on financial need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status per semester.
  • A student can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent. Students will receive a notice if you’re getting close to your limit.
  • If 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, you may be eligible for additional Federal Pell Grant funds if, at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death, you were less than 24 years of age or enrolled in college or career school at least part-time. If you meet these requirements and are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be changed to zero, which maximizes your Federal Pell Grant amount and can increase your eligibility for all federal student aid programs. Payments are adjusted if you are enrolled less than full-time. If you meet those requirements but aren’t eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant due to your EFC being too high, you might be able to get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
  • You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated.
  • You may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time

federal supplemental educational opportunity grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) are awarded to undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students receiving Federal Pell Grants. 

  • The FSEOG does not need to be repaid.
  • FSEOG is awarded to students with exceptional financial need.
  • Temple University receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Once the full amount of the school’s FSEOG funds has been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year.  In other words, FSEOG funds are first come, first served. This system works differently from the Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides funds to every eligible student.