Grants

Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Undergraduate and graduate students must meet specific criteria to be considered. See the sections below concerning eligibility requirements, duration, award amounts and other important information.

Federal Pell Grants

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

Forms Required
FAFSA

Deadlines
At least 6-8 weeks before start of term(s)

Awarding Entity
U.S. Dept. of Education

Annual And Lifetime Limits
Annually limited up to $5550.
Lifetime limited to the equivalent of 12 full-time paid semesters.

Requires FAFSA
Yes

Award Criteria

  • Be seeking your first undergraduate degree
  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Have a Pell eligible EFC.*
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Eligible citizen or non-citizen
  • Cannot be in default on student loans
  • Have not exceeded your aggregate borrowing limit
  • First day class attendance required

* You determine EFC eligibility by reading the comments on your processed FAFSA.

Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement Per Term
First Scheduled Award
12 for full grant
9 for 3/4 grant
6 for half grant
Less than 6 hours for 1/4 grant

Second Scheduled Award
12 for full grant
9 for 3/4 grant
6 for half grant

Renewal Criteria
Complete the FAFSA each year. Students who exceed the 12 semester limit will no longer be able to receive Pell Grant funds.

Additional Criteria
Per federal regulations, students are unable to receive a Pell Grant from two institutions during the same semester. Receiving a Pell Grant from two schools during the same semester may result in a delay of future aid and a recovery of disbursed aid.

A student who has a Pell eligible expected family contribution (EFC) will be eligible to receive the maximum Pell Grant award for an award year, prorated based upon enrollment.

If the student’s parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of preforming military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001, a student will be eligible provided that the student was under 24 years old or was enrolled in college at the time of the parent or guardian’s death.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Forms Required
FAFSA

Deadlines
March 1 (priority deadline)

Awarding Entity
University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services

Annual And Lifetime Limits
Up to $1000

Requires FAFSA
Yes, must qualify for a Pell grant

Award Criteria

  • Be seeking your first undergraduate degree
  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Have a Pell eligible EFC*
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • First day class attendance required

* You determine EFC eligibility by reading the comments on your processed FAFSA.

Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement Per Term
12 for full grant
9 for 3/4 grant
6 for half grant

Renewal Criteria
Complete the FAFSA each year.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH) provides up to $4,000 a year in grants to students who are willing to commit to teach full time in a high-need field at a low income school.

If you do not complete the four-year teaching obligation, this grant will convert to an unsubsidized direct loan.

More details available at Federal Student Aid’s TEACH Fact Sheet

Forms / Participation Required

  • FAFSA
  • Attend College of Education Information Session
  • TEACH Grant Counseling
  • Agreement to Serve

Deadlines
At least 6-8 weeks before start of term(s)

Awarding Entity
University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services

Annual And Lifetime Limits

  • Up to $4,000 per academic year – prorated for less than full time enrollment
  • Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree can receive a total of $16,000 during their undergraduate program.
  • Master-level students can receive up to a total of $8,000 in addition to any amounts received as an undergraduate.

Requires FAFSA
No

Award Criteria

  1. Meet the academic achievement requirement of any one of the two listed below:
    • Cumulative 3.25 GPA for each payment period or score above 75th percentile on admission test (SAT, ACT, or GRE) OR
    • Current and retired teachers from another occupation with expertise in high-need field who are seeking a master’s degree
  2. Students must certify that they understand the terms and conditions. If the terms and conditions are not met, the grant must be repaid as an Unsubsidized Direct Loan, with interest accrued from the date(s) of original disbursement.
  3. Be admitted to the College of Education and complete the degree in a high need teacher education field as identified below:
    • USFSP Special Education B.S. or M.A.T.
    • USFSP Reading Education M.A.
  4. Be willing to teach in a high need field for four years at a low income elementary or secondary school.
  5. Be seeking initial certification

Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement Per Term
Undergraduate
12 for full grant
9 for 3/4 grant
6 for half grant
Less than 6 hours for 1/4 grant

Graduate
9 for full grant
5-8 for half grant
Less than 5 hours for 1/4 grant

Renewal Criteria

  • Complete the FAFSA each year
  • Maintain at least a 3.25 GPA each payment period

To Apply

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Be sure to include USF’s school code, 001537, in the section that asks which schools should receive your results.
  2. MANDATORY – Attend a TEACH Grant Information Session in the College of Education.
    Contact the College of Education representative at your campus for TEACH Grant information session dates and locations. You will not be able to complete the TEACH Grant Counseling or the Agreement to Serve until after you attend the information session and accepted your TEACH Grant in OASIS. The TEACH Grant Information Session only needs to be completed once while you attend USFSP.
  3. Complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling
    Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and also complete the Initial and Subsequent Counseling, both are completed electronically at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/. After you accept your TEACH Grant offer in OASIS you will then be able to complete the Agreement to Serve and the Initial and Subsequent Counseling within 1- 3 business days.

    The TEACH Grant ATS specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgement by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.After all the above steps are completed your TEACH Grant award will be disbursed to your student account within 10 business days for the appropriate aid year.

  4. Exit Interview
    When you cease enrollment or graduate from a TEACH Grant eligible program, federal regulations require that you must complete an online exit interview through the U.S. Department of Education. The exit interview will discuss your agreement to serve and the conditions of your TEACH Grant.

First Generation Matching Grant (FGMG)

The First Generation Matching Grant is a need-based program awarded to undergraduate students. Funding is limited and restricted to students with financial aid. Awards are contingent upon receipt of state funding and institutional matching funds.

  • Funds from this program come from donations to the USF Foundation and matching funds from the State of Florida.
  • In some cases, donor restrictions limit eligibility.
  • FGMG awards are made as funds become available; this is normally during the fall semester.

Forms Required
FAFSA
FMG Certification

Deadlines
March 1st (Priority Deadline)

Awarding Entity
University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services

Annual And Lifetime Limits
Amounts vary

Requires FAFSA
Yes

Award Criteria

  • 3.0 HS GPA
  • 2.5 USF, USFSP, or USFSM GPA
  • Complete a FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible
  • Certification of 1st generation status; parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Florida resident for tuition purposes
  • Admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate
  • Full-time enrollment in USF, USFSP, or USFSM classes only

Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement Per Term
12 credits / full-time enrollment in USF, USFSP, USFSM classes only

Renewal Criteria

  • Complete the FAFSA each year by the priority deadline
  • Maintain a 2.5 USF, USFSP or USFSM GPA

Additional Criteria
Consideration based on availability of funds and donor restrictions.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

Forms Required
FAFSA

Deadlines
No later than March 1; however, funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis

Awarding Entity
University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services

Annual And Lifetime Limits
Up to $1600

Requires FAFSA
Yes, must qualify for a Pell grant

Award Criteria

  • Maintain 2.0 USF GPA
  • Undergraduate Flordia resident
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in USF, USFSP, USFSM courses appropriate to your grade level
  • Cannot receive award beyond 135 attempted credit hours or 9 semesters, whichever comes first

Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement Per Term
12 for full grant
9 for 3/4 grant
6 for half grant

Renewal Criteria

  • Complete the FAFSA each year
  • Earn 24 credit hours within year
    year includes fall, spring and the previous summer semesters

USF System Grant

USF funded grant for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need.

Forms Required
FAFSA

Deadlines
March 1 (priority deadline)

Awarding Entity
University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services

Annual And Lifetime Limits
Up to $1000

Requires FAFSA
Yes

Award Criteria

  • Undergraduates must maintain 2.0 USF, USFSP, or USFSM GPA
  • Graduates must maintain a 3.0 USF, USFSP, or USFSM GPA

Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement Per Term
Undergraduate – 6 for half grant
Graduate – 5 for half grant

Renewal Criteria

  • Complete the FAFSA each year

Tip - If you qualify, grants are like free money