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Federal Aid


Federal Pell Grant

This federally funded grant is awarded on the basis of financial need. This grant is the foundation upon which all other aid is based.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

This federally funded grant is awarded to students based on financial need. Limited funds are available, and priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families may be eligible for this grant. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a school that serves low-income families. Students must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received a TEACH Grant. Failure to complete this service obligation will result in the grant being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

This need-based program enables students to borrow a student loan. The loan is insured by the federal government, and the federal government pays the interest while the borrower is enrolled in school at least half-time, during a grace period, and during authorized periods of deferment. Interest will begin to accrue from the beginning of the repayment period.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

This is a non-need-based loan. This loan is insured by the federal government. Interest begins accruing when the loan is disbursed. The interest rate is determined annually by the federal government. The student is responsible for the interest during in-school and deferment periods.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

This loan program enables parents with approved credit to borrow for each child who is enrolled at least half-time and who is a dependent student. There is no grace period for these loans. Interest is determined annually by the federal government.

Federal Grad PLUS Loan

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a low interest rate, unsubsidized loan for graduate and professional students. The program allows a graduate student to borrow up to the cost of attendance, minus any other financial aid received. Graduate or professional students must be enrolled at least half-time at an eligible school in a program leading to a graduate or professional degree and must meet the eligibility requirement established by the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Work Study Program

Federal and state programs provide part-time employment opportunities for students who need financial assistance. Employment in the college's federal work study program takes place mostly on campus and is based on need.