Eligibility for grant aid is based on financial need as determined through information provided on the FAFSA.

Grant awards are given to qualifying students and, except under extremely limited conditions, do not need to be repaid. See each program's website for application instructions.

The two largest grant programs are:

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grants are available almost exclusively to undergraduates. Pell Grant eligibility is based on student financial need. Estimated annual awards (fall/spring) range from $303 to $5,920 (2017-18). The Federal Pell Grant is prorated based on the number of enrolled credit hours. More about the Federal Pell Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Year-round eligibility for Pell

The U.S. Department of Education has implemented year-round Pell for eligible students. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduates). Eligible students can receive Pell in the summer, fall, and spring terms without the spring portion reduced IF the student has 450% or more of remaining Pell Grant eligibility. If the student has less than 500% of remaining Pell Grant eligibility, the amount of Pell used by the student during the summer term will directly reduce the amount of Pell Grant available to the student in the spring term. Note: students are limited to 600% (12 semesters) of Pell Grant eligibility.

Tip: Students can check their Pell Grant usage online. More details.

Ohio College Opportunity Grant

As an Ohio grant for college students, this grant is offered to students who are Ohio residents. The grant is prorated based on full or part-time enrollment status. Learn more about the Ohio College Opportunity Grant.

Other federal grant programs

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

These grants are only awarded to students who meet the strict need guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education, and submit the FAFSA by March 1. You must be maintain Pell Grant eligibility to receive this grant. More about the Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant.

The TEACH Grant

A federal grant program for students planning to be teachers in a high need field within a low-income school. The University of Akron has set additional specifications for TEACH Grant recipients. Learn more.

Grants and scholarships are automatically accepted

All federal grants and UA scholarships are automatically accepted. If you want to decline grants or scholarships, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-621-3847 or 330-972-7032.

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