Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
"Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)" submitted by SchoolGrantsfor Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 9th January 2012
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is available for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. This program is administered directly by the financial aid office at participating schools. Each school receives a limited amount of funds from the federal government each year. Your school will credit your account, pay you directly, or combine both methods of payment. Also known as SEOG Grants.
Granted to qualifying full and part time students based on each school’s eligibility criteria; ranging from $100 to $4,000 per year; not available on all campuses Amounts are subject to change. For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; Federal Pell Grant recipients take priority; funds depend on availability at school. Check with your financial aid administrator for current amounts.
Different assessment rates and allowances are used for dependent students, independent students without dependents, and independent students with dependents. After filing a FAFSA, the student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), or the school receives an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), which provides the EFC.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) application procedure and eligibility requirements are different at different schools. Unlike Pell Grants, the amount of FSEOGs you receive depends not only on your financial need but also on the amount of other aid you get and the availability of funds at your school. Most schools will require you to apply for all other available aid before applying for this type of grant. This is because the more financial aid that you receive from other sources, the less you will be eligible for from these funds. This enables the school to help more students in the end, so they want you to get all other available aid first.
You want to apply as soon as possible for an FSEOG Grant since participating FSEOG colleges can run out of college grant money for that school year. Each college who is involved with the FSEOG Grant program are funded only so much money from the government. Once all their FSEOG Grant money is awarded for that school year, it’s gone. College students who acquired a Pell Grant are more likely to also receive a FSEOG Grant. So apply for both of them at the same time and; apply as fast as you possibly can.
When a school does receive these funds, they are allocated fairly fast. This means that the earlier you apply for all of the aid that you are eligible for, including this FSEOG grant, the more likely you are to receive funds. In many cases, you will have to wait until you have answers from other sources of financial aid before you can apply, or before a decision will be made regarding your application for this grant. Just because you qualify, this is no indication that you will receive funds, as the funds are so limited. Once the school has allocated all of the funds, there is nothing left to award other students until the following year.
However, if you're eligible, your school will credit your account, pay you directly (usually by check), or combine these methods. Your school must pay you at least once per term (semester, trimester, or quarter). Schools that do not use semesters, trimesters, or quarters must disburse funds at least twice per academic year.
Type of Aid
Grant does not have to be repaid
Annual Award Amount
- FSEOG, priority is given to Pell Grant recipients; Whether attending full or part time, non-Pell recipients can receive awards if the institution has sufficient funds.
- FSEOG awards are granted as a supplement to entitlement grants, and no grant repayment is required.
- depends on college funding level
- funds are limited – early filers get priority
- Depending on the funds available at your school, you can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year (funds are limited and there’s no guarantee you’ll receive one) The federal government provides up to 75% of this money and the school provides the rest. This money is not guaranteed by the government and may vary form school year to school year.
Who May Apply:
- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) may apply for an allocation of funds to be awarded to undergraduate students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in participating schools.
Eligibility is Based on:
- Your EFC and your financial need
- Whether attending full or part time
- Priority given to Pell Grant recipients with the lowest EFCs
Get To Know:
- Available to extremely needy undergraduates only who have not earned a first bachelor's degree or professional certificate. Average award tends to be $1,000 Based on EFC and, generally must be Pell eligible You must register for and maintain enrollment status of half-time (6 credits or equated credits) or greater to be eligible for FSEOG. If, for any reason, your course load falls below half-time, payments of your award will be stopped.
- School determines eligibility (campus-based aid program). Campus based federal aid programs administered by colleges are Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study.
- Receiving other aid might reduce the amount of your FSEOG award.
- The school’s financial aid office decides how to award these funds.
- Each school participating in the FSEOG Program receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. When all of those funds have been disbursed for that award year, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year.
- Due to limited funds, it’s important to apply early to be considered for these funds. Not everyone who qualifies for an FSEOG will get one.
Getting the money:
- the college will do one of the following:
- credit your account
- pay the funds directly to you
- allocate the funds using a combination of these two method
Difference between FSEOG and Pell?
Applicants should understand that the FSEOG application process is more competitive than the Federal Pell Grant, and priority funding will always be awarded to those with the greatest financial need. Students may be awarded Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and use it for payment of undergraduate tuition, and associated costs. FSEOG awards are granted as a supplement to entitlement grants, and no grant repayment is required.
For the PELL program, the federal government guarantees that the College will receive enough money to pay PELL to its eligible students. For the FSEOG program, each school receives a fixed amount of money to make FSEOG awards. Once this money is awarded, there is no more for that academic year. It is important that you file your applications early in the academic year so that you get maximum consideration for limited FSEOG funds.
Federal Student Aid Information Center
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program
Telephone: (800) 433-3243 or (800) 4FED-AID
You may also Read:
FSA Handbook For Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants: http://ifap.ed.gov/sfahandbooks/0304FSAHBVOL7.html