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Federal and State Grants for Undergraduate SPS Students

All students who apply for financial aid and are admitted into degree-seeking undergraduate programs in the School of Professional Studies will be considered for federal and state grant assistance based on the information reported on the FAFSA and other eligibility criteria outlined below.

Federal Pell Grant

  • Summary: The largest federal grant program, the Federal Pell Grant is designed to assist students from low-income families. These grants are awarded to degree-seeking undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor's or graduate degree.
  • Eligibility: Eligibility is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA (which must range between $0 and $5,486), as well as on the cost of attendance, student enrollment status, and quarters of attendance.
  • Award Range: $611 - $6,095.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

  • Summary: The SEOG supplements financial aid beyond the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Eligibility: Pell-eligible students who demonstrate high need are considered for this assistance if they are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Award range: $100 - $4,000, based on student need and availability of funding.

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)

  • Summary: State-administered grant program for Illinois residents.
  • Eligibility: Students must be Illinois residents who: (1) are enrolled at least half-time at an approved Illinois postsecondary institution, (2) complete their FAFSA by the state's deadline, (3) demonstrate financial need, and (4) meet other Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) criteria.
  • Award range: Maximum of $4,869.