Federal Grants

What are Federal Grants?

Each year, Greenville Technical College helps students receive millions of dollars from the federal government. The following grants use the FAFSA to determine need. They do not have to be paid back as long as you stay in school and maintain satisfactory progress.

Pell Grant

This federally funded grant pays education costs for eligible undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Amounts vary depending on eligibility.

Student's eligibility is determined by family income and size, as well as other factors on the FAFSA. This information is also used to compute the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). As the EFC increases, the amount of the award decreases. If the EFC is zero, the student is eligible for the maximum Pell Grant.

Requirements to receive a Federal Pell Grant include the following:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must be admitted into a program consisting of at least 16 credit hours.
  • Must not have bachelor's degree or higher degree.

Beginning Summer Semester 2010, a second Pell award was possible for eligible students. However, the second Pell award provision ended after the 2010-2011 award year (summer 2011).

Academic Competitiveness Grant

 (Note: The ACG program ended after the 2010-2011 award year.)
This federally funded grant provided assistance to first and second-year undergraduate students who were pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree. The ACG was in addition to the student's Pell Grant Award.

FSEOG

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need (students with the lowest EFCs) and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

Requirements to receive an FSEOG include the following:

  • Must be eligible for a Pell Grant and have an EFC between 0-200.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in a valid program consisting of at least 16 credit hours.
  • Must not have bachelor's degree or higher degree.

FSEOG vs Pell

What is the difference between the FSEOG and Federal Pell Grant?

The U.S. Department of Education guarantees that each participating school will receive enough money to pay the Federal Pell Grants of its eligible students. There is no guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive an FSEOG; students at each school will be awarded an FSEOG based on the availability of funds at that school.