Grants

Grants are offered by the federal government, the State of Ohio, selected other states, and by Xavier University.

In general, grants are awarded to students based on financial need or a specific talent. Like scholarships, grants are a great way to finance a college education. Remember, grants are gift assistance and they do not need to be repaid. Make sure to submit your application for admission as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Federal grants

Pell Grants: The Pell Grant is based on financial need. To apply, students must complete the FAFSA each year. The amount of the Pell Grant varies based upon the level of financial need and the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled. The 2013-2014 annual Pell Grant awards range from $596 to $5,645.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): The SEOG is based on financial need. The amount of the SEOG varies based upon the level of financial need and the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled. To be considered, students should have a completed FAFSA on file with the federal processor by February 15.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant: A federal grant program awarding up to $3,712 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

  • The TEACH grant requires that students work as a full-time teacher in a high-need field, in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. A TEACH Grant recipient 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: If a student fails to complete this teaching obligation, all amounts of TEACH grants that were received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. This loan plus all accrued interest must be repaid to the U.S. Department of Education. Interest will be charged from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.
  • Students must meet certain achievement requirements. New students generally need to score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test. Continuing students need to maintain at least a 3.25 GPA (each semester).
  • Students must complete initial counseling prior to receiving the grant, subsequent counseling prior to each award year and exit counseling after leaving the university.
  • Students must complete a Teach Grant Agreement to Serve (each year) to receive a TEACH grant. Information about high-need fields and schools serving low-income students, eligibility requirements, grant conditions, and the service agreement is available at www.teach-ats.ed.gov.

State Grants

Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG): OCOG is a need based grant from the state of Ohio to assist resident undergraduate students from low and moderate income families. Awards are based on family income with consideration given to the number of dependents in the family. Application is made when residents complete the federal FAFSA form. The grant is given to part-time and full-time students.  The maximum award is $2280 (full-time students).

Other States: Students who qualify for state grants from their home states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont may use those funds at Xavier. For information on grant programs available to residents of these states, contact the Board of Education in each state.

Xavier Grants

Xavier University Grants: Students who have remaining financial need after all other scholarships, grants, and loans have been awarded may qualify for need-based grants from Xavier University. The amounts of these grants vary depending upon the level of financial need. In order to qualify for Xavier grants, students must be admitted through the undergraduate admission office and must file the FAFSA each year by Xavier's priority deadline of February 15.

CAPS Grant: Staff in the Office of Student Financial Assistance award grants to students admitted and enrolled through the Center for Adult & Part Time Students (CAPS). CAPS grants are based on financial need and/or academic merit. To apply, students must submit the FASFA and their enrollment hours.  The Office of Student Financial Assistance will send an email to each student (once the FAFSA results have been received) to request enrollment hours. Award amounts, which vary, may range up to $950 per semester.

Weekend Degree Grants: Staff in the Office of Student Financial Assistance award grants to students enrolled in the Weekend Degree Program. Weekend Degree grants are based on financial need and/or academic merit. To apply, students must submit the FASFA and their enrollment hours.  The Office of Student Financial Assistance will send an email to each student (once the FAFSA results have been received) to request enrollment hours. Award amounts, which vary, may range up to $1,500 per semester.

Family Grants: Xavier University awards special Family Grants when two or more siblings are enrolled as full-time undergraduates at Xavier during the same semester. Two siblings would each receive a $500 tuition grant per semester. Three or more siblings enrolled simultaneously would each be awarded one-fourth of tuition grant per semester.

These partial tuition grants may be applied only to fall and spring semester tuition. Family Grants are awarded only for the current academic year. If not used in the current year they are considered forfeited and cannot be applied to prior years.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to apply for the family grant.