Grants are federal or state funds that you typically don't have to repay

Grants are free "gift aid" awarded to students with high financial need based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Review the grants listed below for more information on the qualifying criteria, application process, enrollment requirements, etc.

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Who qualifies?

  • Students with high financial need, as determined by FAFSA
    • Exception: TEACH and IASG grants not based on financial need
  • Must be working on first undergraduate bachelor's degree
    • Exception: TEACH grants are only available for graduate students
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Cannot be in default on any federal student aid
  • Cannot have met or exceeded the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage limit
    • Exception: TEACH grants are not subject to this limit

Receiving grant aid

  • Grant awards are split between the fall and spring semesters
    • Pell eligible students may qualify for funding in the summer semester
  • Awards apply to tuition, fees and room and board costs at the university approximately one week before classes begin
  • Federal grants require academic participation
    • If you do not academically participate in classes, Washburn may be required to return your federal grant aid, creating a balance due for you as the student.

Federal Pell Grant Awards
  • Award amounts vary each academic year
  • For the 2019-20 year, Pell awards range from $650 to $6,195
  • Amount is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number from FAFSA and enrollment status
  • For the 2018-2019 year, the maximum Pell eligible EFC is 5,576
  • Limited to 600 percent lifetime eligibility - approximately 12 full-time semesters (roughly six years)

Enrollment

  • Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours to receive full award
  • Award will be prorated based on your enrollment level if below 12 credit hours
  • After the 100 percent tuition refund period, your Pell award is frozen for the semester and will not adjust with changes in enrollment, unless you do not academically participate, in which case funding may be returned.

Purchasing Textbooks

  • For Pell recipients with aid that exceeds their bill, the disbursement timeline allows for purchase of required textbooks and supplies from the vendor of their choice
  • Students may also choose to charge textbooks and supplies at the Ichabod Shop to their student account

Federal SEOG Awards

  • Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Awards range from $200 to $800 for the academic year based on enrollment status
  • Eligible students should complete a FAFSA each academic year as early as possible after October 1 but no later than Washburn's priority date of November 15
  • Priority is given to students with a 0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number

Enrollment

  • Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours to receive full award
  • Award will be prorated based on your enrollment level if below 12 credit hours
  • After the 100 percent tuition refund period, your SEOG award is frozen for the semester and will not adjust with changes in enrollment, unless you do not academically participate, in which case funding may be returned.

KCG Awards

  • Funds available for eligible Kansas residents
  • Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Awards are $800 for the academic year
  • Eligible students should complete a FAFSA each academic year as early as possible after October 1 but no later than Washburn's priority date of November 15
  • Must have Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Number of 5,000 or lower, as determined by FAFSA

Enrollment

  • Must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to receive award
Federal TEACH Grant Awards
  • Must be a master's degree seeking student
  • Awards up to $4,000 for the academic year
  • Must be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible program
    • Bilingual education and English language acquisition
    • Foreign language
    • Mathematics
    • Reading specialist
    • Science
    • Special education
    • Any other field identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government or a local education agency and that is included in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing
  • Must sign a service obligation with agreement to teach at least four complete academic years in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income families
    • Failure to comply with service obligation will result in grant being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, which requires repayment including interest accrued from the date the grant(s) disbursed

 How to apply

More Information about the Federal TEACH Grant

IASG Awards
  • Dependents of a parent or guardian who was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11
  • Student must have been under the age of 24 or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent/guardian's death
  • Awards range but can be up to $6,195 for the academic year
  • Complete a FAFSA each academic year
  • You will receive a letter from the Department of Education if you have potential eligibility for this grant
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office once this letter is received

Enrollment

  • Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours to receive full award
  • Award will be prorated based on your enrollment level if below 12 credit hours
  • After the 100 percent tuition refund period, your IASG award is frozen for the semester and will not adjust with changes in enrollment, unless you do not academically participate, in which case funding may be returned.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785-670-1151
Fax: 785-670-1079
financialaid@washburn.edu

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