Learn about different types of grants and where to find more details on each.
What is a grant?
A grant is a type of financial aid that is awarded to students, usually based on financial need. They are generally given out by federal and state governments.
Types of grants
The three most common grants are: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and ND State Student Incentive Grant. You can browse studentaid.gov for more information on federal grants.
Below, we walk you through each type of grant and direct you to the specific grant program for more details.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need. Eligibility is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the information provided on your FAFSA. The amount will depend on the student’s EFC, enrollment status and percentage of lifetime eligibility used. Students are limited to 12 full-time semesters (600%) of Pell grant eligibility during their lifetime.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Undergraduate students receiving this campus-based federal grant must have exceptional financial need. The amount you can receive each year varies depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and the availability of funds.
ND State Student Incentive Grant
This grant is available for ND residents who have graduated from a ND or bordering state high school or received a GED from ND. It is based on the student’s financial need and availability of funds. (File a FAFSA early for consideration.) Award amount varies from year to year.