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Grants are a type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Generally, grants are for undergraduate students, and the grant amount is based on need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Students must meet eligibility requirements to qualify, and this type of aid can come from multiple sources, including federal and state government.

Students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to continue receiving all forms of state and federal financial aid.

For more information about grants or other financial aid, contact us.

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • National Guard

Pell Grant

A Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.

How do I qualify?
To determine whether you’re eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) contains this number in the upper right portion of the first page. This number will determine if you’re eligible for a Pell Grant and for how much.  The maximum EFC to receive a Pell Grant for the 2013 - 2014 (13/FA - 14/SU) award year is 5081.

The Pell Grant is limited by a Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) calculation.  The Department of Education calculates percent of your yearly maximum eligibilty of the Pell Grant that you have used each year.  You may use up to 6 years (or 600%) of the Pell

How much money can I get?
The maximum Pell Grant for the 2013 - 2014 award year (13/FA - 14/SU) is $5,645. How much you get will depend on the results of your FAFSA, whether you’re a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less.

Students who enroll full-time are eligible for the full amount of the award, while students who enroll less than full time receive a pro-rated portion of the award.  Most students will pro-rate as follows:

  • Full Time (12 eligible credit hours or more) = Full (100%) amount of award on your award letter
  • Three-Quarter Time (9 - 11 eligible credit hours) = 3/4 (75%) of amount on your award letter
  • Half Time (6 - 8 eligible credit hours) = 1/2 (50%) of the amount on your award letter
  • Less Than Half Time (1 - 5 eligible credit hours) = 1/4 (25%) of the amount on your award letter

Students whose EFCs are higher, may not receive any Pell Grant if they are enrolled in less than 12 eligible credit hours.

An eligible credit hour refers to credit hours that:

  • you are currently enrolled in for that semester,
  • pertains to the eligible program to which you are admitted, and
  • are not considered a third attempt or repeat of a previously passed class.

When will I know the amount of my Federal Pell Grant?
Once your financial aid has been packaged, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to access your award through MyCState. Changes to your award will also be posted on MyCState. Your award will show the amount of your Pell Grant at Full-Time enrollment status; enrollment at less than Full-Time will result in a pro-ration of that amount.

How will I be paid?
The college will credit the Pell Grant funds to your school account once per semester, depending on your eligibility a the time of disbursement.

Can I receive a Federal Pell Grant if I’m enrolled less than half time?
Possibly; it is based on your EFC. You won’t receive as much as if you were enrolled full time. The U.S. Department of Education determines the amount of the award for less than full time (12 credit hour) enrollment, and funds are pro-rated based on attendance.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) program is a federally-funded grant program awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Determination is based on need and priority deadline. The priority deadline to have your file complete is February 15 of each year. SEOG awards may be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment.  The student must be enrolled half time at the time of disbursement to receive the award.

Ohio National Guard

The Ohio National Guard (ONG) has a program for students who have served as a member of the National Guard for the state of Ohio. This grant pays 100% of the instructional and general fees (tuition, technology, and registration fee) for eligible participants.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Ensure his/her name appears on the paper roster sent from the Adjutant General’s Office
  • Produce a letter from the Adjutant General’s Office with Cincinnati State listed as the school stating their eligibility

Eligible students may receive funds if:

  • He/she is registered for a minimum of six credit hours per term
  • He/she is enrolled in an associate's degree program. This program will not pay for a certificate or diploma program (except nursing school)
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