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Federal Grants

Information about the Federal Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG), and TEACH Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid. Pell Grant amounts are based on the number of credits for which you are enrolled and adjust accordingly.

Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, students may receive the Pell Grant for up to 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent.

The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a federal law and is the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding a student can receive each year is equal to 100 percent (150 percent if you enroll in the fall, spring, and summer semester), so the six-year equivalent is 600 percent. For more information, visit Student Aid on the Web's Calculating Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used.



  • Maximum award starting Fall 2018 is $6,095 per academic year. The maximum award per semester is $3047.
  • If you enroll full-time for the Fall and Spring, and at least half time in the Summer in an academic year, then you can get an additional Pell grant based on your EFC and enrolled Summer credits.



Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded by the Office of Student Aid to students with demonstrated high financial need.


Due to limited funding, not all students who are eligible will receive this award.



TEACH grant

The TEACH grant is federally funded and awarded by our office to eligible students who intend to teach in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students of low-income families.


Current undergraduate programs that meet this criteria are:

    • World Languages – French (WL ED; FR)
    • World Languages – German (WL ED; GER)
    • World Languages – Latin (WL ED; LATIN)
    • World Languages – Russian (WL ED; RUS)
    • World Languages – Spanish (WL ED; SPAN)
    • Secondary Math  (SECED; MATH)
    • Math in Eberly (MTHBS; TEACH)
    • Math at Behrend (MTHBD; MTHED)
    • Secondary Biology (SECED; BI SC)
    • Biology at Abington (SECAB; BI SC)
    • Secondary Chemistry (SECED; CHEM)
    • Secondary Earth & Space Science (SECED; E SP)
    • Secondary Physics (SECED; PHYS)
    • Physics in Eberly (PHYS; TEACH)
    • Special Education (SPLED)

Current graduate programs that meet this criteria are:

    • Reading Graduate Program (C I)


  • Maximum $4,000 per year

Failure to complete the required teaching service obligation will result in the TEACH grant converting to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

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