Using information students and their parents provide in the FAFSA, federal and state aid agencies determine which families meet a certain threshold of need, and who are eligible for grants.
Federal Pell Grant:
The "basic" need-based federal grant is the Pell Grant. In 2013-14 Pell grants will range from $565 to $5,645 (for a full time student) based on the extent of financial need as determined by federal methodology.
Federal SEOG Grant:
If the student is determined to have the maximum financial need (an Expected Family Contribution of 0), Clarion University may award the student a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or SEOG.
Federal TEACH grant:
A new federal grant provides up to $4000 per year to students who intend to teach in a high need field (Bilingual Education, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, and Special Education) in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Interested students should have a FAFSA on file (although financial need is not a requirement), and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.25. TEACH grants are available to junior and senior undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients of TEACH grants must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which the TEACH grant was received. IMPORTANT: TEACH recipients who fail to complete the service obligation will have their TEACH Grants converted to interest-bearing (6.8%) Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Interest will be charged from the day the Grant was disbursed. Students who are interested in the TEACH Grant should print this form and return it to the Office of Financial Aid, 104 Egbert Hall.
PHEAA State Grant:
In 2013-14 the Pennsylvania state will range from $500 to $4000, depending on PHEAA-determined need. PHEAA notifies students (who have filed a FAFSA) directly of their eligibility for the grant. Students who are taking half or more of their credits on-line during any semester are NOT eligible for the Pennsylvania state grant.