Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
(FAFSA required) Pell Grant offers assistance to high need students working toward their first bachelor's degree. The Pell Grant is funded each year by Congress, which sets the minimum and maximum award amounts. If you are eligible for the Pell Grant, it will be listed on your MSU financial aid award offer. Eligibility is determined by the FAFSA. There is no separate application, and the award will disburse automatically once you are registered. For more information about Federal Pell Grant eligibility, go here.
Students are limited to six years of Pell eligibility, or the full-time equivalent of six years for those attending less than full time.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
(FAFSA required) SEOG is a federal grant available to very high need students working toward their first bachelor's degree. If you are eligible for SEOG it will be listed on your award offer. There is no separate application, and the award will disburse automatically once you are registered. For more information about Federal SEOG eligibility, go here.
Students who plan to become teachers may wish to consider the federal TEACH Grant program, which can cover up to $16,000 of your undergraduate education or $8,000 of a graduate degree.
You’ll have special teaching service requirements if you accept a TEACH Grant, so make sure you understand your obligation. If you receive the TEACH Grant but do not fulfill the stringent requirements of the program, the amount awarded in grant money becomes a loan with interest (at the same rate as the federal Stafford Loan) compounded from the time of the award.
The many requirements of the TEACH grant are outlined here.