Types of Aid - Grants
Your UWF financial aid package will be made up of a combination of awards depending on your academic standing and your financial need. Awards including scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work-study opportunities are all part of what makes a UWF education affordable.
A grant is "non-repayable" aid and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement/requirements and demonstrated financial need. UWF offers a wide range of grants that are awarded to new and continuing students.
See below for the grants that are offered by UWF and qualifying criteria.
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Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students working on a first bachelor's degree. Pell Grants are the primary need-based federal aid program and are awarded based on enrollment status. The maximum award for 2015-2016 is $5730 per academic year for full-time enrollment. Pell Grant is the only type of aid awarded for enrollment less than 6 hours depending on eligibility. Eligibility is determined by the completion of the FAFSA.
- Effective July 1, 2012, Congress implemented a life time eligibility limit for receipt of a Pell Grant. A student is limited to 12 semesters (full-time enrollment) of Pell Grant. All previous Pell Grant awards are included in the total; you may check your financial aid history at nslds.ed.gov.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are need-based federal funds awarded by UWF. Awards up to $2000 per academic year (fall and spring) are available to a limited number of students enrolled at least half-time (6 undergraduate hours) and working on a first undergraduate degree. A student must be receiving Pell Grant to be eligible for FSEOG.
Teach Grant is a Federal grant available to junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students who are enrolled in an eligible program that leads to teacher certification. The student's major department will inform the Financial Aid Office of who qualifies for this award. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA and must agree to teach for four years in a high need field at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves students from low income families. If the service obligation is not completed, all Teach Grant funds will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and must be repaid with interest charged from the date the Teach Grant was first disbursed. Students must apply for the Teach Grant through their department. More information is available on the student aid website.
Florida Student Assistance Grant
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) is a need-based state grant for Florida residents working on a first undergraduate degree. Awards up to $2600 per academic year (fall and spring) are available to a limited number of students. Renewal requirements dictate that a student who received FSAG during the 2013-2014 academic year must have completed a minimum number of credits and have a 2.0 UWF GPA by the end of Spring term 2014 in addition to the other eligibility criteria. FSAG can be awarded for a maximum of 9 semesters. FSAG has a priority deadline date of March 1, 2014, which means your FAFSA must be processed by this date.
First Generation Matching Grant
The First Generation Matching Grant is a need-based state grant available to a limited number of Florida resident, undergraduate students who are identified on the FAFSA as a first generation college student. Awards are up to $2000 per academic year for students who enroll full time. This grant is subject to availability of funds.
UWF Educational Enhancement Grant
UWF Educational Enhancement Grant is an institutional grant awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to out of state students with documented need. Award amounts are variable and are available to a limited number of students enrolled full-time and working on a first undergraduate degree.
Financial Aid Grant
UWF Financial Aid Grant is an institutional grant awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to students with documented need. Award amounts are variable and are available to a limited number of students enrolled full time and working on a first undergraduate degree.
UWF Graduate Grant is an institutional grant awarded by the academic department to graduate students with documented need. The department may award the grant prior to the student completing a FAFSA. The FAFSA will need to be completed in order to make a final determination of eligibility. Awards up to $2000 per academic year (fall and spring and summer) are available to a limited number of graduate students working on a first graduate degree and enrolled in least 6 hours in graduate level courses.