Unlike student loans, grants typically do not have to be repaid. It is simply money that financially needy students may qualify for to pay educational expenses. This is a great type of financial assistance.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added.
The U.S. Congress has established a lifetime limit on the amount of Pell Grants a student may receive. This limit applies to all Pell Grant recipients, including existing students who have received Pell Grants in the past. In other words, continuing students are unable to be “grandfathered” under the regulations in place when they started receiving the Pell Grant.
Starting in 2012-2013, the Pell Grant lifetime limit is 600%. Each academic year represents 100%, so a student may receive a full time Pell Grant for 12 semesters or 6 years. The table below provides an example.
# of financial aid eligible credits enrolled (% of annual Pell)
Total Pell after 6 years: 500%
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is also a federally sponsored program designed to provide additional assistance to students. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours).
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant is a state sponsored program designed to help pay tuition costs. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in at least six hours and be a resident of Oklahoma. Application is made by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
This grant is made available to Indian students with a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card. Applicants are required by the BIA to submit a FAFSA.