Financial Aid Office

Grants

Grants do not have to be repaid and are based on financial need. You must submit the FAFSA to be considered for grants. There are two types of grants: State and Federal.

State

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) - A state-funded grant program for undergraduate, degree seeking, Ohio residents with an expected family contribution of $2190 or less and a maximum household income of $75,000. Students are limited to 10 semesters of eligibility and the award amount is prorated based on enrollment.  OCOG is tuition/general fees specific and any student receiving 100% tuition/general fees in the form of a waiver or institutional, athletic, third party, federal or state aid is not eligible for OCOG.

For additional information on the Ohio Board of Regents, State Grants and Scholarships, please visit http://regents.ohio.gov/sgs/ocog/.

Federal

Federal Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility

In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Federal Pell Grant Program. Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant.

How Do You Know If This Affects You?

If you have attended college for 4 years or longer and received the Federal Pell Grant each semester of attendance, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during the 2013-2014 school year. If you have attended college for 3 years or less and received the Federal Pell Grant each semester of attendance, you will likely not surpass the lifetime limit during the 2013-2014 school year. Whether you have used all of your Federal Pell Grant eligibility or only half, please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Federal Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.

"How is the Percentage Used Calculated?"

The percentages are based off of the annual award at full-time enrollment status. For example: A student attending in the academic year 2012-2013 at full time status and receiving their maximum annual award, the percentage used for 2012-2013 is 100%. If the student attends only 9 credits (3/4 time) for each semester, the percentage used is 75%. If the student attends only 6 credits (1/2 time) for each semester, the percentage used is 50%.

"How to Know If You Have Reached or Are in Danger of Reaching The Lifetime Eligibility?"

You may review your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging into NSLDS.ed.gov. Your "Lifetime Eligibility Used" is displayed on the "Grants" section. Students should visit the NSLDS.ed.gov website on a regular basis to view their Pell Grant History as well as their student loan borrowing history.

What action should a student take?

Unfortunately, there is not an appeal process in place to request additional eligibility. Students should plan their degree progression accordingly and graduate in a timely manner.

Students will be flagged once they reach their Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) of nine full-time equivalent semesters.

Students who fall between nine and less than 10 full-time or equivalent semesters:

  • Will have full Pell Grant eligibility for the 2013-2014 academic year unless a late Pell award usage report is filed.

Students whose LEU is greater than 10 full-time semesters or its equivalent but less than 12 full-time semesters or its equivalent:

  • Will not have a full year (100%) of Pell grant eligibility, but will likely have a portion of their scheduled award.
    • For example, a student who has used 11 full time equivalent semesters will have 50% remaining for 2013-2014.
  • That means the student could have Pell grant for one full –time semester or two half-time semesters (6, 7 or 8 credits).

Students whose LEU has reached 12 full time semesters or its equivalent, will no longer have any Pell grant eligibility.

What action should a student take?
Unfortunately, there is not an appeal process in place to request additional eligibility. Students should plan their degree progression accordingly and graduate in a timely manner.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - A Federally-funded grant program established to help meet the educational costs of exceptionally needy students. Eligibility is determined from FAFSA information. Only degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG).

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
The TEACH Grant Program is a non-need based program that provides up to $4,000 per year. Students must be enrolled full time, in an eligible program and agree to teach, as a highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. Eight year service begins following completion or ceasing enrollment. Part time students, at least 6 credit hours, are eligible for prorated amount. If the Grant recipient fails to complete the required teaching service, the TEACH Grant is treated as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accruing from the date the grant was disbursed.

The federal high need fields are:

  • Bilingual education;
  • English language acquisition;
  • Foreign language; Spanish, Chinese
  • Mathematics;
  • Reading specialist;
  • Science;
  • Special education

ELIGIBILITY:

 

  • Applicants must be degree seeking
    • Undergraduate students
    • Graduate students
    • Post-baccalaureate
    • Must have earned 3.25 CGPA at CSU
  • New incoming students must have scored either
    • ACT score of 28 or above
    • SAT combined score of 1220 or above
  • TEACH Grant Eligibility - All applicants must:

IMPORTANT REMINDER

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
For each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must: