Grants are one possible source of funding for your education. Grants are funds awarded based on various criteria and do not have to be repaid (similar to scholarships).
There are a number of federal and state grant options below to get you started.
Federal Pell Grant
Eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined by the US department of Education based on the EFC (expected family contribution) calculated from the financial data provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is available to undergraduate students pursuing a first bachelor's degree. To apply for a Pell Grant students must complete the FAFSA.
Students may receive up to $5550 for the 2012-13 award year. Award amounts are prorated based on EFC and actual student enrollment.
|Full Award||12+ credit hours per term|
|Three-Quarters||9 - 11 credit hours per term|
|Half Award||6 - 9 credit hours per term|
|One-Quarter||1 - 5 credit hours per term|
Effective July 1, 2012, students are eligible for up to six years of full-time Pell Grants or a lifetime maximum of up to 600% (the equivalent of six years of full-time term enrollment0, based on the yearly EFC from the FAFSA application.
To view Pell Grant lifetime eligibility log in to the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The SEOG grant is available to Pell Grant-eligible students. Students pursuing a second undergraduate program are not eligible to receive SEOG. To apply for an SEOG, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be received at the Federal processing center prior to April 15, 2013 (for the 2013-14 academic year) to receive consideration for this grant.
The SEOG maximum award is $600 for the 2013-14 academic year and are awarded to students enrolled in at least six or more semester based credits.
Federal TEACH Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant/Loan Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants to graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.
- Undergraduate study: up to $4,000 per year for first baccalaureate to a maximum of $16,000
- Graduate study: up to $4,000 per year for a Master's degree to a maximum of $8,000
- Individual TEACH Grant/Loan awards are prorated based on actual enrollment up to the academic year limits: 12+ credit hours - $2000/semester; 9-11 credit hours - $1500/semester; 6-8 credit hours - $1000/semester; 1-5 credit hours - $500/semester.
Find out more about eligibility requirements and application process.
Certificate programs are NOT eligible for the TEACH Grant at UND. However, the following graduate certificate programs are eligible for other federal and state financial aid programs:
- Math for Middle School Teachers
- Middle School Science and Engineering for Teachers
- Biology for Teachers
- Chemistry for Teachers
- Physics for Teachers
Please note: If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation within eight years of completing or ceasing your program of study, you will have to repay the grant with interest (it will become a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan).
North Dakota State Grant
The North Dakota Student Financial Assistance Program provides grants to North Dakota residents in need of financial assistance.
Students who are eligible may receive a grant of $1500 for the 2013-14 academic year. Students must be enrolled in and maintain full-time undergraduate status to be eligible to receive the grant. Students pursuing a second undergraduate program are not eligible.
A North Dakota State Grant may be received for up to eight semesters and must be used to attend an eligible North Dakota institution.
To apply for a North Dakota State Grant, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate North Dakota resident status.
The deadline for consideration for the 2013-14 academic year is April 15, 2013 (this means that the FAFSA must be received at the processing center by this date to meet deadline). Applications may be submitted after this date and will be considered only if funds are available after awards have been offered to all eligible students whose applications were received by April 15.
Acceptance of the grant must be done through the NDUS Financial Aid Office in Bismarck. You will be sent an award letter which must be completed and returned to:
- North Dakota University System
- Financial Aid Office
- 600 East Blvd Ave - Dept 215
- Bismarck, ND 58505-0230
- Fax: 701-224-5707
*Accept online at www.ndus.edu/state-grant-acceptance
Please note: The North Dakota State Grant requires that students receiving this award must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester based credits.
Questions may be directed to the NDUS Financial Aid Office at 701-224-2541.
Additional Sources of Financial Assistance
There are many other sources of financial assistance available to UND students, such as Army ROTC scholarships, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/Tribal Scholarship funds, North Dakota National Guard tuition waivers, Veterans Educational benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Gabriel J. Brown Trust Loan. Students should contact the appropriate agency or the Student Financial Aid Office for more information about these programs. Another source of free information on scholarships, fellowships, grants, loans and traineeships from federal sources is http://fedmoney.org.