Federal Grants

 

federal student grants available to CUNY undergraduate students:

 

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student financial aid to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources may be added.  Federal grants are awarded to undergraduate students who haven't earned a bachelor's or graduate degree. Pell grants are available at all CUNY colleges, but the college you plan to attend must be listed on your FAFSA.  Almost all federal grants are awarded to students with financial need. The amount of your Federal Pell Grant depends on your cost of attendance, expected family contribution, enrollment status and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. 

Application  Form

The FAFSA is the application that is used for federal government grants

Residency and Citizenship

You must be a citizen of the United States or eligible non-citizen

Award Amounts

For the 2014-2015 academic year a Pell Grant ranges from $602 to $5,730 a year, depending on your family income and other factors. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant it is possible to receive an award as either a part-time or full-time student.


Qualifying Programs and Credits

You must be accepted for admission to a degree seeking eligible program

Pell Grant can be awarded if you are registered for as few as one equated credit

Pursuit and Progress

You must be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress towards completing a degree

Additional information on Pell

  • Students will be limited to a maximum of 12 terms of full-time Pell payments or its equivalent for part-time study   
  • Pell is for students pursuing undergraduate degrees only
  • You may not be in default on a previous federal student loan or owe the federal government a refund of financial aid previously received
  • You must be willing to verify the information you provide on the FAFSA
  • If you are male between 18 and 25 years of age you must register with Selective Service
  • You may not be convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving financial aid

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is a campus-based program for which CUNY uses federal funds. If you demonstrate exceptional financial need, CUNY may award you a FSEOG Grant from the limited funds available.

 

Application Form

Apply for financial aid using the FAFSA

Residency and Citizenship

You must be a citizen of the United States or an eligible non-citizen

Qualifying Program and credits

You must be accepted for admission to a degree-seeking program

You must register for at least six equated credits

You must be Pell eligible

Available to students who have not completed a bachelor's degree

Additional Information on FSEOG

  • You must be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress towards completing a degree
  • You may not be in default on a previous federal student loan or owe the federal government a refund of financial aid previously received
  • You must be willing to verify the information you provide on the FAFSA
  • If you are male between 18 and 25 years of age you must register with Selective Service
  • You may not possess or sell illegal drugs while receiving financial aid

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a Pell Grant and other types of need-based aid?

Submit a FAFSA to apply for Pell and you may also indicate your interest in student employment on the form.  Indicating your interest in work-study does not commit you to accepting it. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline each part of your aid package later. Leaving work-study unchecked will not increase the amount of grants you receive. In addition you can request a loan at the financial aid office at the school you will be attending. 

Can I get PELL for remedial courses?

You may receive PELL and other forms of federal aid for up to 30 hours of non-credit remedial course work (excluding ESL courses).

Can I get PELL for repeating a course?

If you are repeating a course you need to check the policy of your college and it's grading policy. You may receive PELL and other forms of federal aid for that course. You should remember that repeating a course may limit your ability to meet the Satisfactory Academic Performance requirements for receipt of federal student aid.

If I am eligible how will I get the Pell Grant Money?

Your school can apply Pell Grant funds to your school costs, pay you directly, or combine these methods. Schools must disburse funds at least once per term.

What is a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)?

FSEOGs are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need (those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) numbers. Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards.