Federal Pell Grant
Students apply for a Federal Pell Grant by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal Application. Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is determined by a need analysis formula prescribed by Congress. Application of the formula to family income and asset data produces an expected family contribution (EFC). For the 2020-2021 academic year, you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant if you: are an undergraduate, have not received a baccalaureate degree, have an EFC of $5,711 or less, have not received a Federal Pell grant for more than the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters and meet the general eligibility criteria.
The maximum Federal Pell Grant for full-time attendance is $6,345 per academic year, contingent upon congressional appropriation. Your enrollment status is determined as of the ninth day of class each semester. The data from your Renewal Application or FAFSA must show that you are eligible to receive a Pell grant and must be received by the OSFA before the last day of enrollment for each semester or within 60 days after the end of the semester if you were selected for verification. Pell grants paid after the semester is over will be based on the number of hours completed.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Undergraduate students who apply for financial aid will be considered for an SEOG if they qualify on a need basis, are enrolled at least half-time, are eligible for a Federal Pell grant and have applied for financial aid by CMU’s priority deadline date. Due to limited funds, we can only offer SEOG to a small portion of all eligible students.
Central Michigan University Grant
Available to undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time on a need basis, as determined by CMU. CMU selects recipients based on an annual evaluation of financial need and FAFSA application data. Funds are limited and can only be offered to a small number of all eligible students.
If you receive a CMU grant, grant funds are not automatically renewed each year. Due to limited funds, students will not receive a CMU grant beyond 2 years.
Award amount may be reduced or canceled if the student receives other institutional funds such as CMU merit-based scholarships (Centralis, Leader Advancement, Multicultural Award, Maroon and Gold awards, Academic Prestige, Excellence or Success), departmental scholarships, employee tuition waiver, and the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant
Grants are available from certain tribes to assist students with their educational expenses at postsecondary institutions. Grants are need-based, and the tribe determines award amounts. Students must complete a FAFSA and a tribal application.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH).