Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): The Basics

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Like the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal aid college grants program that assists students with paying for their college education.

The FSEOG is awarded to students with exceptional financial need, based on the information submitted in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The FSEOG awards range from $100 to $4,000 per year and, as with all federal grants, does not need to be repaid.

Submit your FAFSA form as early as possible; this helps maximize the amount of money you can get.

Student grants can be a significant portion of the financial aid awarded to a college student. That’s why it’s important to fill out your FAFSA form early and completely, to ensure that you don’t miss out on college money by missing a deadline or inaccurately reporting your financial situation.

What Is the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)?

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a form of gift aid, awarded to students with the greatest amount of need for college aid. As the name suggests, this college grant is meant to supplement other federal aid awards, like the Pell Grant. In fact, students who receive the Pell Grant get priority for FSEOG awards.

The amount of FSEOG college money a student receives is based on financial need, the amount of funds the school has available to give out for education grants like this one, and the amount of financial aid the student is already receiving. If a school awards you certain other kinds of college financial aid, this may reduce your FSEOG award.

Who Receives the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant?

The FSEOG college money is awarded to students pursuing a college degree at a college, university or community college, as well as students attending a career college for a vocational degree. You must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for this student grant.

Not all schools participate in the FSEOG program. You’ll find out if the schools you’re applying to do by looking at their official websites or contacting the admission office or financial aid office.

The financial aid office at each school sets its own guidelines for how the FSEOG college grants are awarded and how much each student receives. Contact the school to find out how these grants are awarded and what you need in order to qualify.

How Is the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Awarded?

Students who receive FSEOG education grants are paid at least one during the term or academic year. The college money is sent directly to the student’s account, paid to the student, delivered in a combination of those two methods or credited to the student’s bank account.

FSEOG Tips & Tactics

  • Submit your FAFSA form as early as possible; this helps maximize the amount of FSEOG money you can get. FSEOG money runs out, so the earlier you apply, the more you can receive.
  • If you receive the FSEOG, find out how much of this college money you can expect in the following year of your college degree. Your FSEOG award may differ significantly each year, so find out from your school how much it changes, on average, throughout a student’s college program
  • Find out if the schools you’re applying to use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form as well as the FAFSA. The PROFILE form can help you get non-federal aid to help pay for college.
  • Not sure how much college aid you can expect to receive? A Campus Explorer college search can help. Find each school you’re applying to, and look at the expenses section to see how the average tuition and fees, as well as how many of the students receive grants to help pay for their education.

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