What is a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a grant
for undergraduate students with strong financial need. It doesn't
need to be repaid. It can help them pay for education expenses,
including tuition, books, and room and board.
How do they know who has exceptional financial need?
The grant will be awarded to students with the lowest Expected
Family Contributions (EFCs). The EFC is based on your family's
financial situation, and it is calculated from the information you
report on your
Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA).
Priority will also be given to students who receive Federal Pell
Do I have to repay the grant?
No, an FSEOG doesn't have to be paid back.
That sounds a lot like a Federal Pell Grant. What is the
The U.S. Department of Education guarantees that each
participating school will receive enough money for Federal
Pell Grants. In other words, all eligible students
will receive a grant.
By contrast, there's no guarantee every eligible student
will be able to receive an FSEOG. The number and amount of these
grants will depend on the availability of funds at that school.
Make sure you apply as early as possible. Each
school will have its own deadline so check with your school.
How much money can I get?
The amount varies between $100 and $4,000 a year. The amount you
get will depend on several factors, including when you apply, your
financial need, the funding level of the school you're attending
and the policies of your school's financial aid office.
How will I be paid?
Your school will either credit your account, pay you directly
(usually by check), or use a combination of these payment
Schools must pay students at least once per term (each semester,
trimester, or quarter).
Generally, schools that do not use traditional academic terms
must pay you at least twice during the academic year.
How can I find out more?
For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs,
contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center:
Phone: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
Spanish speakers are available (se habla español).