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Grants

Grants and scholarships are free money that you apply for to help you with the cost of school. This type of aid doesn’t have to be repaid once you graduate. Grants and scholarships can be based on demonstrated financial need which is usually calculated by the Estimated Family Contribution from the FAFSA, your academic merit (usually your high school or college transfer GPA) or a combination of both financial need and academic merit. Grants can come from the federal or state. Some grants and scholarships can be renewed but most you have to apply and qualify for each school year. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for and be sure to meet the application deadlines!

Here are the general descriptions, applications and eligibility criteria for the major grants (and some automatic scholarships for qualified students) at Thomas University. Not sure if you qualify for one of these grants or scholarships? Submit the application or contact the TU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for assistance.

 

Federal PELL Grant

Description: A federally funded, need based grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Who can apply for this grant? Qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first degree.
Application: Submit the FAFSA each year to apply for this grant. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are determined by the FAFSA and included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount varies and is set each year by the federal government. Students can receive this grant for up to the equivalent of 6 years of non-consecutive enrollment if they demonstrate financial need and qualify each year. All payments of a federal PELL grant from any school count towards the 6-year maximum limit. Annual limits apply.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines.  Reduced enrollment during a specific term will reduce the grant amount during that term.

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Description: A federally funded, need based grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Who can apply for this grant? Qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first degree who are eligible for the federal PELL grant and, in addition, demonstrate exceptional financial need. 
Application: Submit the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available each year apply for this grant for the following school year. Federal funding for this grant is limited and does run out at the beginning of each year. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount varies depending on the availability of funds and the overall level of financial need for all aid applicants. Annual limits apply and this grant is not available during summer term. 
Eligibility: Students must qualify for the federal PELL grant through the FAFSA, must demonstrate exceptional financial need, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, enroll at least half time each term and meet all registration and application deadlines.  Reduced enrollment during a term will reduce the grant amount.

 

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) | TEACH Grant Eligibility at TU

Description: A federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education for high achieving students admitted to qualifying education programs studying to become teachers. Students must agree to work full time in a high need subject area, in low income schools soon after graduation for a designated number of years or, they will be required to repay this grant as a federal student loan. 
Who can apply for this grant? Qualified undergraduate students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree or qualified graduate students pursuing a master’s degree. Both undergraduate and graduate students must be admitted to a qualified education program.
Application: Submit the FAFSA, TEACH grant counseling and TEACH grant agreement to serve each year to apply for this grant. Eligibility for this program and the annual amount of this grant are included on the award letter.
Limits: The annual grant amount is up to $4,000 however, the current, annual award is slightly reduced due to federal sequestration.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $16,000 total. All payments of a federal TEACH grant from any school count towards the maximum amount. Annual limits apply. 
Graduate students can receive up to $8,000 total. All payments of a federal TEACH grant from any school count towards the maximum amount. Annual limits apply.
Eligibility: Students must qualify for federal student aid through the FAFSA, must be admitted to a qualifying academic program, have a GPA of 3.25 or greater, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and meet all registration and application deadlines.  Reduced enrollment during a term will reduce the grant amount.

 

Georgia Tuition and Equalization Grant | GTEG Grant Eligibility at TU

Description: A program that provides grant assistance toward educational costs to residents of Georgia seeking degrees as full-time students at private eligible postsecondary institutions.
Who can apply for this grant?  Any legal resident of the State of Georgia that attends a private college of university.
Application: Submit a FAFSA, then submit an online application Georgia Student Finance Application

Limits: Must not have received GTEG payments for more than 127 semester/190 quarters hours. Recipients receive an award of $450 per semester and can receive payment for up to three semesters per year.

Eligibility: Student must be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S. or have evidence from INS of eligible permanent resident alien status. Maintain satisfactory academic progress, enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in a program that is leading to a college degree at an eligible private college or university in Georgia.

 

Move On When Ready | MOWR Grant Eligibility at TU

Description: Move On When Ready is Georgia’s new dual enrollment program that allows high school students (9th – 12th grade) to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma
Who can apply for this grant?  All high school students (9th – 12th grade) attending a public or private high school in Georgia or home study program operated in accordance with O.C.G.A. 20-2-690(c) can participate in Move On When Ready.
Application: Students attending an eligible public or private high school must complete the MOWR online application. 

Eligibility: Student must be in high school

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