Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant program mainly for undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or graduate degree. In some limited cases, students might receive a Pell Grant if enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program. 

Eligibility: Eligibility is determined by the information the student and the parents (if the student is dependent) provide on the FAFSA form, the resulting estimated family contribution (EFC), and the number of credits for which the student is enrolled. Awards are limited to 12 full-time semesters.

Award amount: $400–$5,550

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need—those with the lowest EFC.

Eligibility: Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards. Grants are made to all applicants who meet the award criteria on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. This typically includes all undergraduates with an EFC of zero, including those enrolled part-time.

Award amount: $100–$4,000

AmeriCorps Education Award

AmeriCorps is a government program that offers educational benefits to people who complete a term of intensive community service in a variety of areas.

Eligibility: Students who have worked in the AmeriCorps program may use their award toward tuition and related expenses at SAIC for both degree and nondegree courses. Students have up to seven years after their term of service has ended to claim the award.

Award amount: The award is $4,725 for a year of full-time service and is prorated for part-time.

The award will appear as anticipated aid on SAIC Self-Service, invoices, and statements. When the funds are received, they are disbursed directly to the student's account.

To use an AmeriCorps award, log on to MyAmeriCorps and complete an online payment voucher. An electronic request will be sent to the AmeriCorps representative in the SAIC Office of Student Financial Services to be certified. If approved, the request will be electronically certified, and the funds will be sent to SAIC by ACH electronic payment.