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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 Institutional Grants by completing a FAFSA. Students are encouraged to file their FAFSA by the UNF priority deadline of October 15 each year.

 

Tentative disbursement dates will be made available online at the beginning of each term. 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 memberships, late fees or library charges), must complete the Financial Aid Authorization. This online form can be found in the My UNF Bill Tile 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
Credit 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
Credit Hours Status % of Award Offered
3-5 <1/2 Time 0
6 1/2 Time 50%
9+ Full Time 100%

*Pell grants will prorate to 25% of the offered award for undergraduate students in 3-5 credit hours.

 

*Some UNF grants require 12 credit hours of enrollment (full-time enrollment)

 

**Please note that 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 attendance. Pell grants are awarded according to each student's financial need as determined by federal methodology, a congressionally established need analysis formula.

 

The Federal Pell Grant follows a Federal formula for prorating. Awards range from $650 to $6195 (academic year 2019-20). Students completing the FAFSA are automatically considered for Pell Grant funding. Final Pell Grant awards are calculated based upon student enrollment.

 

The Pell Grant duration of eligibility is 12 full-time terms or approximately six years 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.

 

Pell-eligible students may receive additional funding during a Summer term (up to 150% of their yearly award) if they are enrolled in at least 6 degree-applicable credit hours.

 

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, any Title IV aid program
  • complete verification, if selected

Students incarcerated in federal and state penal institutions are not eligible for Pell Grants. However, students incarcerated in local penal institutions can still receive Pell Grants. Students incarcerated by jurisdictions defined as a state in the law (such as the District of Columbia) are considered to be incarcerated in a state penal institution and are not eligible for Pell Grants. A student isn't considered incarcerated if he or she is in a halfway house or home detention, or sentenced to serve only on weekends. The cost of attendance for incarcerated students are limited to tuition and fees and the books and supplies specifically related to the student's course of study. 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG) is a federally funded aid program awarded by UNF Office of Student Financial Aid to undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional financial need. UNF selects recipients based on greatest financial 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. UNF selects eligible recipients based on need, FAFSA filing date, enrollment and availability of funding.

 

To be eligible for FSAG, applicants must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • be an undergraduate enrolled at least six degree-applicable credit hours in a degree-seeking program
  • be a Florida resident for the 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the academic year
  • not have defaulted on, or owe a refund to, a state or federal aid program
  • have an expected family contribution (EFC) less than or equal to the amount required by the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
  • not have previously earned a bachelors degree

FSAG renewal requirements:

  • have a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • have earned 12 credit hours each full-time term, 9 credit hours for each three-quarter-time term and 6 credit hours for each half-time term during which FSAG was received the previous academic year
  • Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second term of each academic year. Credit hours earned during the previous summer can be counted toward the total number of credit hours required for renewal.

UNF Need-based Grants

UNF offers a variety of institutional 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 and financial need. Most UNF institutional grants require enrollment in at least 15 degree-applicable credit hours for disbursement.

  • UNF Institutional Grant
  • UNF Housing Grant
  • UNF Need-Based Grant
  • UNF Graduate Grant
  • UNF Need-Based TD Grant

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 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.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

If your parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer, you may be eligible for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship.

 

You may be eligible to receive the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship if:

  • your parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer, and
  • you are Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution for the academic year, and
  • you were less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of your parent or guardian's death.

The grant 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 Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship can be found on the Federal Student Aid site.