The National SMART Grant

Written by Michael Bennet

The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talents Grant, otherwise known as the National SMART Grant, is a federal education grant that is available during the student’s third and fourth years of undergraduate study.

It is focused on providing aid to students who have achieved academically in certain majors that are related to science, math, and technology.

The following items can provide some fundamental insight into the National SMART Grant:

  • It is a federal educational grant that doesn’t have to be repaid.
  • It is given out to students who are in their third and fourth years of undergraduate study.
  • Students must be receiving a Pell Grant award for each year they wish to receive the SMART Grant.
  • The Pell Grant and SMART Grant aid cannot total more than the cost of attendance.
  • Can provide up to 4,000 dollars during the third and fourth years of undergraduate study.
  • Eligibility is closely tied with achieving academically in the appropriate degree program during the first two years of undergraduate study. Only certain non-liberal arts majors will be able to qualify.
  • To remain eligible students must maintain a 3.0 gpa in their chosen program of study.
  • Students must complete the FAFSA by the appropriate deadlines to become eligible.

The National SMART Grant is a nice educational grant award, and one that students who think that they can qualify should not hesitate to take advantage of.

The award amount in combination with the student’s Pell Grant aid cannot total more than the cost of attendance. This may actually be somewhat of an issue if the CoA is relatively low, and the student is able to receive full Pell Grant and SMART Grant.