An Academic Competitiveness Grant will provide up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate study to full-time students who are U.S
citizens, eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and who had successfully completed a rigorous high school program, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. Second year students must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. The Academic Competitiveness Grant award is in addition to the student’s Pell Grant award.
If students can answer YES to all of the following questions, they may potentially be eligible to receive an Academic Competitiveness Grant.
- Are you a U.S. citizen?
- Are you eligible to receive a Pell Grant?
- Will you be enrolled as a full-time first or second year student in a two-year or four-year degree program?
Do you qualify?
If you could not answer YES to all of the above questions, then you do not qualify to receive an Academic Competitiveness Grant. However, you may still qualify to receive other types of federal student financial aid. If you have not completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), please go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and apply today.
If you answered YES to all of the above questions, you meet the initial requirements for the grant. Please choose one of the options below.
- Students who have already completed a FAFSA application, will need to go back to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, and look under STEP 3. Choose the option: “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.” They will ask a few more questions that will determine if you meet the standards of rigorous secondary course work as a requirement to receive Academic Competitiveness Grant.
- If you have not completed a FAFSA application, you will need to go back to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, and look under STEP 2. Choose the option: “Fill out a FAFSA.” Part of the FAFSA process will determine if you meet the standards of rigorous secondary course work as a requirement to receive Academic Competitiveness Grant.