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, […]

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The Academic Competitiveness Grant: ACG

Written by Michael Bennet

The Academic Competitiveness Grant, or ACG award, is a federal educational grant that is given on an annual basis for first and second year undergraduate students who may have excelled academically, either in high school, or during their first year of postsecondary study. It was recently created in 2006-07 to encourage students to take challenging […]

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The TEACH Grant

Written by Michael Bennet

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program, or TEACH Grant, is another federal educational grant that is brought to you by the Department of Education. It can provide students with 4,000 dollars of aid during each of their four years of undergraduate study, with eligibility being heavily based on academic performance […]

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The Federal Supplementary Education Opportunity Grant: FSEOG

Written by Michael Bennet

The Federal Supplementary Education Opportunity Grant, or FSEOG Grant as it commonly referred to, is a federal education grant that is provided on an annual basis to undergraduate students from across the country who exhibit a high financial need. In these respects it is very similar to the Pell Grant, although FSEOG Grants are only […]

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The Basis of Financial Aid and the Pell Grant

Written by Michael Bennet

Most students need to get some amount of financial aid in order to pay for college, and while there are work-study programs and other sorts of specialized types of aid that may be accessible to certain segments of the student population, most students either receive a scholarship, a grant, or perhaps even a student loan […]

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How To Use Your Pell Grant Money

Written by Michael Bennet

Pell Grant money is only supposed to be used towards education related expenses. You must sign a statement that will certify this before you will be able to receive any actual aid, and if you violate this statement you may have to return part, or all of your Pell Grant award package. Once your college […]

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What Is Verification?

Written by Michael Bennet

Verification is the process by which a postsecondary institution confirms the accuracy of the information that is provided from within a student’s FAFSA. Not all students that submit a FAFSA are chosen for verification, while some schools do mandate that all of their students be subjected to the verification process. The FAFSA federal processor selects […]

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What Are Scholarships?

Written by Michael Bennet

Scholarships are similar to grants in that they never have to be paid back under normal circumstances, and if you are interested in maximizing your chances of paying for your entire college education with financial aid, it is critical that you at least consider what scholarships you may be eligible for during any particular award […]

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Federal Parent PLUS Loans

Written by Michael Bennet

Federal Parent PLUS Loans are essentially federal parent loans that your mother and father can take out in order to fund your higher education. The PLUS Loan is much different than both the Stafford Loan, and the Perkins Loan in that it is based partly on credit, and because it does require a separate application […]

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Getting Financial Aid: An Overview

Written by Michael Bennet

Sometimes getting a Pell Grant just isn’t enough to cover all of your education related expenses when you’re attending an expensive four-year university, and when this is the case you must take into consideration your other options when it comes to financial aid. The good news is that there is an abundance of aid available […]

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