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 as determined by information reported on the FAFSA. Current Pell Grant amounts and details of the program are available at

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 fall, spring, and summer terms without the summer 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 in fall and/or spring terms will directly reduce the amount of Pell Grant available to the student in the summer 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 who complete the FAFSA. 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 to UA by December 1. Only Pell-eligible students may receive SEOG. Pell-eligibility does not guarantee SEOG. 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 in the Student Center of MyAkron. If you want to decline grants or scholarships, contact us.

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