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What you need to know about Grants

Grants are financial aid awards that are based on financial need.  This type of award does not have to be repaid.  If offered grants as a part of your financial aid award, FAU will automatically accept the Pell Grant. In addition, all other grants offered will have to be accepted by the student.

Disbursement of Grant Aid

Grants will be prorated based on the students number of enrolled hours at the end of the drop/add period:

Academic Level Hours Award Offered %
Undergraduate     3-5 hours       less than 1/2 time 25%
  6-8 hours half-time 50%
  9-11 hours 3/4 time 75%
  12+ hours full-time 100%
Graduate 3-5 hours less than 1/2 time 0%
  6-8 hours half-time 50%
  9+ hours full-time 100%

Tentative disbursement dates are available for review on the Dates and Deadlines webpage at the beginning of each semester.  Tuition & fees and housing (excluding parking and library fines) owed to FAU for the current semester will be deducted first.

University Grants

FAU Grant

This grant is for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time at FAU who demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited and awards are made based on priority consideration.

FAU Academic Achievement Grant

This grant is for undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time at FAU who demonstrate financial need and exceptional academic performance. Funds are limited and awards are generated based on priority consideration.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant Program

Effective the 2012-2013 school year and beyond, a student may receive a Pell Grant to the equivalent of six years. For information on how we calculate the "equivalent of six years" click on the following link:

This is for undergraduate students seeking a first baccalaureate degree. The U.S. Department of Education determines award eligibility. Application deadline is June 30th of each year.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a student who has been awarded a PELL grant adds a class after the drop/add deadline, the PELL grant award will NOT increase due to late enrollment. The student will be awarded for the number of credits enrolled at the end of the drop/add period.   If the Pell Grant is the only award that the student is accepting, students must accept the terms and conditions on FAU Self-Service. 


In general, with the exception of specific courses taken as part of the Bachelor of Architecture degree program, only undergraduate courses (identified as courses below the 5000 level) are eligible for Pell Grant funding.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)

This is for first baccalaureate degree students enrolled at least half-time who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and awards are made based on the priority consideration deadline.

Florida State Grants

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

This program awards for Florida residents seeking a first baccalaureate degree. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1st each year. Funds are limited and awards are made based on the priority consideration deadline. Also, any undergraduate Nursing student who qualifies for FSAG, enrolled in 9 credits, and participates in a clinical or laboratory practice for which no credit hours can be earned will be considered full time. Talented Twenty students qualify for priority funding if FSAG eligibility requirements are met. Please bring a copy of your Talented Twenty notification letter to the Financial Aid Office.

First Generation Matching Grant Program

The funds for this award come from the State of Florida and are matched by the FAU Foundation. House Bill 795 was signed into law on June 2, 2006 and became effective July 1, 2006 creating Section 1009.701, Florida Statutes. This law provides financial, need based assistance to undergraduate, degree-seeking Florida residents who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and:

  • attend a state University of Florida,
  • are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term,
  • demonstrate financial need,
  • whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree. If student resides with only one parent who provides full support, that one parent must not have completed a baccalaureate degree for the student to be eligible, and
  • meet other criteria established by the individual Universities.

Please note that the letter refers to meeting Other Criteria established by the University. Those criteria are as follows:

  • Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • EFC of 5273
  • Preference will be given to First Time in College (FTIC) freshman and Florida Community College Transfer students for the initial award year
  • Continuing students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be considered if additional funding is available.

Award amount of $1500 per semester for full time, $1125 per semester for 3/4 time, $750 per semester for half time. Funds are not available for the SUMMER terms.

Renewal Requirements: To be considered eligible for renewal, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits for the prior Fall and Spring semesters combined. In addition students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis via the institutional appeal process.

Florida Incentive Scholarship Program

The Florida Incentive Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for Florida high school graduates who achieved the National Merit or National Achievement Scholar designation.

Enrollment Requirements

  • Be a Florida resident. (Residency status is determined by the institution.)
  • Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalency, complete a home education program, or earn a non-Florida diploma while living outside of Florida with a parent on public service assignment.
  • Enroll in an eligible, regionally-accredited*, public or independent postsecondary institution.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per term or quarter equivalency) in a baccalaureate degree program.
  • Initially enroll during the fall academic term following high school graduation.
    Scholarship Length
  • This program will provide funds for 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to complete a baccalaureate degree program, or until completion of a baccalaureate degree program.
  • A student enrolled in a 4-year program is eligible to receive an award for a maximum of 8 semesters, while a student enrolled in a 5-year program is eligible for a maximum of 10 semesters.

Award Amounts

  • Eligible students will receive an annual award equal to the institutional cost of attendance (COA), minus the sum of the Bright Futures (BF) award and National Merit/Achievement Award (NM)

Florida Incentive Scholarship Award = COA – (BF + NM)

  • The highest institutional COA, as reported by the Board of Governors of the State University System, will be used in the calculation of awards for students who attend an eligible, four-year independent postsecondary institution.
  • The award may not be used to pay for remedial coursework or developmental education. The award is not available to fund summer coursework.

Scholarship Renewal

  • An application is not required to renew the award.
  • Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester, third quarter, or the equivalent of each academic year.
  • A student must earn credit for hours enrolled each term.
  • A student must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A student who does not earn the required credit hours or maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA will be ineligible to continue in the program.

If the renewal requirements are not met, the award will be lost and cannot be restored.

Other Grants

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

This grant is available to eligible students whose parents or guardians died as a result of a U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and who are not eligible for the Pell Grant. If your parent(s) or guardian(s) died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and you are eligible for the Pell Grant, you may qualify for an increase. Students must:

  • complete the FAFSA
  • have been 23 years of age or younger when the parent or guardian died, or must have been enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian's death, if over the age of 23
  • meet all Title IV student eligibility requirements

Applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) that is not Pell-eligible, are eligible to receive an award under the IASG program. The amount of the IASG award is the same as the maximum Pell Grant for the award year, adjusted for the student’s enrollment status and cost of attendance. All other federal student aid will be awarded based on the student’s calculated EFC.


 Last Modified 11/7/14