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Grants – Columbus State University


Federal Pell Grant:

Pell grants are awarded only to students who have not completed a bachelor’s or professional degree.
(A professional degree would include a degree in a field such as pharmacy or dentistry.) To determine if you are financially eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to assess the information you declare when you apply. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report contains this number and will tell you if you are eligible. The amount you receive will depend not only on your EFC, but also on your tuition, whether you are a full-time or part-time student and whether you attend school for a full school year or less. The Pell Grant can be credited to your school account, paid directly to you, or a combination of both. This type of federal assistance does not have to be repaid.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

The FSEOG is intended for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need, that is, students with the lowest CEF.

HOPE Scholarship:

Available to Georgia residents and eligible military personnel enrolled in Certificate of Qualification programs. Students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA at certain HOPE Grant Payed-Hour checkpoints.

The HOPE grant is based on an hourly rate not exceeding the standard tuition rate or tuition charged to the student. The HOPE scholarship is reduced by other aid applied only to the student’s tuition fees.

Students seeking the HOPE scholarship must complete either a GSFAPP or one FAFSA.

TEACH grant:

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant provides up to $4,000 (less designated escrow amount) per year to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in programs of eligible CSU students who intend to teach at an accredited public or private school serving low-income students. TEACH Grant scholarships are pro-rated if you attend less than full-time. Students must agree to serve four academic years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field at an eligible school.

To be eligible for a TEACH grant, students must be enrolled in a program of study that is considered a national or state high-need field. Students are required to achieve and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or a score above the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test. GPA requirements do not apply to graduate students who are currently teachers or retirees. Failure to meet the service obligation will result in the TEACH grant funds being converted into a Federal Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan with interest charged from the date the grant is disbursed.

TEACH Grant Requirements and National High Need Areas

High Need Fields for Georgia

To begin the TEACH grant application process:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and submit all requested documents for verification.
  2. Complete the “TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Advice” available online at https://studentaid.gov/. You will not be able to complete the service agreement until you receive the TEACH grant.
  3. If you scored above the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test, provide a copy of the admissions test results to the financial aid office’s TEACH Grants Coordinator.
  4. If you do not meet the 3.25 GPA requirement and are a current teacher, you must provide a letter from your school principal stating that you are employed as a teacher.

Once these steps are completed, the financial aid office will review the student’s eligibility and notify them of any further action needed.