An Academic Competitiveness Grant will provide up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate study to full-time students who are U.S citizens, eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and who had successfully completed a rigorous high school program, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. Second year students must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. The program will be available for the first time for the 2016-17 school year for first year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2016 and for second year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2015. The Academic Competitiveness Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.

If you can answer YES to all of the following questions, you may potentially be eligible to receive an Academic Competitiveness Grant.

1. Are you a U.S. citizen?
2. Did you graduate from high school after January 1, 2015?
3. Are you eligible to receive a Pell Grant?
4. Will you be enrolled as a full-time first or second year student in a two-year or four-year degree program?

A National SMART Grant will provide up to $4,000 for each of the third and fourth years of undergraduate study to full-time students who are U.S. citizens, eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.

To be eligible to receive a National SMART Grant, you must be able to answer YES to all of the following questions: 

1.Are you a US citizen?
2.Are you eligible to receive a Pell Grant?
3.Are you enrolled as a full-time third or fourth year student in a baccalaureate degree program?
4.Do you have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average?
5.Are you currently enrolled in an eligible major in one of the following categories: Computer Science, Engineering, Critical Foreign Languages, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Technology, or Multidisciplinary Studies?

If you answered YES to all of the above questions, you meet the initial requirements for these grants. Please choose one of the options below.

If You Have Already Filed a FAFSA: If you have already completed a FAFSA application, you will need to go back to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and look under STEP 3.

If you have not completed a FAFSA application, you will need to go back to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and look under STEP 2.