Grants 

Grant Basics

Grants listed on this page are programs administered and/or awarded through the UNF Office of Student Financial Aid (SFA). Grants are awards that are typically based on financial need and do not need to be repaid. If you are offered grants as part of your financial aid award, UNF will automatically accept them on your behalf.

 

Students apply for the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Florida Student Assistance Grant, and, UNF Grants by completing a FAFSA. Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA by the UNF priority deadline of February 14th each year.

 

Tentative disbursement dates will be made available online at the beginning of each semester. Tuition, fees, housing expenses and other monies (excluding fines owed to other offices such as parking and library fines) owed to the University for the current aid year will be deducted from the first available aid, whether that is a grant, scholarship, loan or other outside resource.  

Students who wish to allow their Federal Title IV aid to pay for non-allowable charges (for example, meal plans, late fees, or library charges), must complete the Financial Aid Authorization. This online form can be found in the My UNF Bill channel on the student myWings account.

If funds remain after institutional charges have been deducted, the remainder will be deposited to the student’s account on established disbursement dates.
 

Prorating of Grants

Grants are initially awarded based on the assumption of full-time enrollment. After registration for each term, most grant award amounts will prorate based on actual enrollment as follows:
 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 Hours  Status % of Award Offered 
3-5 <1/2 Time 0*
6-8 1/2 Time 50%
9-11 3/4 Time 75%
12+ Full Time 100%

Graduate Students

 Hours Status  % of Award Offered 
3-5 <1/2 Time 0
6 1/2 Time 50%
9+ Full Time 100%

*Pell grants will be prorated to 25% of the offered award for undergraduate students in 3-5 hours.
*Some UNF grants require 12 hours of enrollment (full-time enrollment)

**Please note that as of the 2016/2017 aid year, most UNF institutional grants and Enrollment Services scholarships require enrollment in at least 15 credit hours for disbursement.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant program provides financial assistance to students who could not otherwise afford to pay for college as an undergraduate. Pell grants are intended to be the "floor" of a financial aid package and may be combined with other forms of aid in order to meet the cost of education. The government awards grants according to each student’s financial need as determined by federal methodology, a congressionally established need analysis formula. Need for other aid is based upon and determined around the student’s eligibility for Federal Pell Grant. 

 

The Federal Pell Grant follows a Federal formula for prorating. Awards range from $313 to $5,775 (academic year 2015-16). Students completing their financial aid application are automatically considered for Pell Grant funding.

 

Final Pell Grant awards are calculated at the end of drop/add. The amount of the award is based upon the student’s registration at that time.

 

 Effective July 1, 2012, the Pell Grant duration of eligibility has been set to 12 full-time semesters, or approximately six years. This new limit will apply to all Pell recipients regardless of when the student first began receiving Pell Grant funds.

 

You can see your Pell Grant history using NSLDS, the National Student Loan Data System. After logging in with your FSA ID, you will then be directed to a web page that shows “Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used” under the Grants section.

 

To be eligible for a federal Pell Grant, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident 
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • be an undergraduate, degree-seeking student enrolled in degree applicable coursework 
  • be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid
  • not have defaulted on or owe a refund to anyTitle IV aid program
  • complete verification, if selected  

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG) is a federally funded aid program awarded by UNF SFA to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need. UNF selects recipients and determines award amounts, based on greatest financial need. Award amounts are based on amount of need and availability of funds.

   

 To be eligible for FSEOG, applicants must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA 
  • be an undergraduate, degree-seeking student enrolled in degree-applicable coursework 
  • be awarded and eligible for a Federal Pell Grant 
  • be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid
  • not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any Title IV aid program 
  • complete verification, if selected

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

The Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) is a state-funded program awarded to qualified undergraduates who attend eligible Florida institutions and show financial need and academic promise and who have maintained Florida residency at least 12 months before the beginning of the term for which they are applying. UNF selects eligible recipients on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards range from $200 to $2,000 per academic year.

 

To be eligible for FSAG, applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident 
  • be an undergraduate enrolled at least six credit hours in a degree-seeking program 
  • be a Florida resident for 12 consecutive months before the beginning of the academic year 
  • meet state academic progress standards for renewal of FSAG 
  • have a minimum 2.0 GPA 
  • not have defaulted on or owe a refund to a state or federal aid program 
  • have a family contribution less than the amount required by the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
  • not have previously earned a bachelors degree
  • to renew-have earned 12 credit hours each full-time semester, 9 credit hours for each three-quarter-time semester, and 6 hours for each half-time semester during which FSAG was received the previous academic year 

UNF Need-based Grants

UNF offers a variety of grants for students who demonstrate financial need. Awards range in value and UNF generally selects eligible recipients on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by a student's FAFSA filing date.

  • UNF Institutional Grant
  • UNF Housing Grant
  • UNF Need-Based Grant
  • UNF Graduate Grant
  • UNF Need-Based TD Grant
    • For the 2015/2016 aid year, this grant requires 12 hours of enrollment (full time enrollment) for eligibility. 
    • ** Please note that as of the 2016/2017 aid year, most UNF institutional grants and Enrollment Services scholarships require enrollment in at least 15 credit hours for disbursement.
     

Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant

If your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if:

  • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death

The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. 

 

More information regarding the Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant can be found on the Federal Student Aid site.