Federal and state aid agencies determine which families are eligible for grants based on the information provided in the FAFSA. There are four basic types of grants:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
- Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant
The basic need-based federal grant is the Pell Grant. For 2020-21, the maximum Pell grant award is $6,345 (for a full-time student). Grants are based on the extent of financial need as determined by federal guidelines.
Federal SEOG Grant
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is given if the student is determined to have the maximum financial need. For students to have the maximum financial need, an Expected Family Contribution would be $0. Clarion University awards this grant.
This federal grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students who:
- Will teach in a high need field (bilingual education, foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science and special education).
- Will teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
- Are junior and senior undergraduate and graduate students.
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.
Interested students should have a FAFSA on file. Recipients must teach full-time for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study.
Financial need is not a requirement of this grant. Students who are interested in the TEACH Grant should print the Teach Grant Preliminary Application and return it to the Student Financial Services Office located on the first floor of Becht Hall.
Note: TEACH recipients who fail to complete the service obligation will have their grants converted to interest-bearing Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. Interest will be charged from the day the "grant" was disbursed.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Grant is dependent on need. PHEAA notifies students (who have filed a FAFSA) directly of their eligibility for the grant.
The maximum award amount is dependent upon your enrollment status (full-time vs half-time) and enrollment mode ratio (in-person vs on-line credits). Every year, PHEAA determines if their State Grant need formula will award different amounts based on the enrollment mode. For the 2019-2020 aid year, PHEAA will decrease the award amount of students enrolled in more than 50 percent distance education (on-line credits). This is a PHEAA calculation, and Clarion University only administers the funds. PHEAA does grant exceptions for ADA accommodations. The deadline to submit documentation for reconsideration of ADA eligibility is April 1st. For questions on the PHEAA State Grant or how adding or dropping courses will affect your PHEAA State Grant, contact PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392 or Clarion’s Student Financial Services office.
In addition, per PHEAA regulations, for students enrolled in a module course (7W1, 7W2, and all summer sessions) for the term, the PHEAA grant cannot be credited to the student’s account until enrollment is confirmed in the final module, which is after add/drop, even if the student is enrolled at least half-time prior to that final module.