What are Grants?
Grants are a form of financial assistance that do not have to be repaid. For exceptions please see Return of Title IV (R2T4) Federal Funds Policy.
The Pell Grant is a federally-funded grant awarded to students with high financial need and may be combined with other forms of assistance in order to meet a student’s need. Eligibility for the Pell Grant is determined by the Department of Education based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Students are limited to six full years (12 full-time semesters or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. If a student attends full time and receives all of the Pell Grant for the year, they will have used 100% of their Pell eligibility for the year. Pell amounts will be pro-rated based on part-time enrollment. Students who have already used 600% of their Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant. Students with 500-600% LEU status may have limited Pell eligibility for the current year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federally-funded grant available on a limited basis to students who demonstrate high financial need, have a low Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and are Pell Grant recipients. There is a limited amount of funding for the FSEOG.
Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant
The Talent Incentive Program Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs. To continue to receive the TIP Grant, students must continue to show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed 10 semesters.
The Wisconsin Grant program provides grant assistance to undergraduate Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College System, or Tribal institutions. Awards are based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.
Indian Student Assistance Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical Colleges, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten semesters of eligibility.
Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College Institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U.S. after December 31, 1975. Awards are based on financial need, with a limit of eight semesters or twelve quarters.
Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant
The Handicapped Student Grant program was established to provide funding for undergraduate Wisconsin residents, enrolled at in-state or eligible out-of-state public or independent institutions that show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Students are eligible to receive the grant for up to ten semesters.