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 (FAFSA).
The Pell Grant usually is awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. 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 maximum full-time award is $6,895 for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The SEOG is awarded to undergraduate students based on financial need. Xavier University receives a limited amount of federal funding to use for SEOG awards, therefore the grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) who will also receive a Pell Grant during the award year are awarded first. To receive consideration for the SEOG, students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- Have a complete financial aid file by June 1 (includes a valid FAFSA, documentation required for verification, and resolution of FAFSA Student Aid Report comments and discrepancies)
- Be Pell-Grant eligible
- Demonstrate need as determined by the FAFSA
- Enroll in a first bachelor's degree program
- Enroll at least half time (6 or more credit hours)
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
**Incoming students who have been awarded a FSEOG but have not committed to Xavier by June 1 will have their grant cancelled. Awarded incoming and returning students who are not enrolled by the end of the add/drop period each semester also will have their FSEOG cancelled.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
The TEACH Grant is available to undergraduate and graduate students. This program provides grants of up to $3,772 per year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
- 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. 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 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 grants were 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 Agreement to Serve or Repay (each year) to receive a TEACH grant. Information about high-need fields and schools serving low-income students, eligibility requirements, grant conditions may be found at StudentAid.gov. The Agreement is available at StudentAid.gov/teach-agreement.
Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
The 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 $4,200 (full-time students) for 2022-2023.
Other State Grants
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 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. Undergraduate students must be full-time. The amounts of these grants vary depending upon the level of financial need. In order to qualify for Xavier grants, students must be admitted to the University and must file the FAFSA each year by Xavier's priority deadline of February 15.
Accelerated Degree Completion (ADC) Grants
Staff in the Office of Student Financial Services award grants to students admitted and enrolled through the APEX program. These grants are based on financial need and/or academic merit, as well as hours enrolled. To apply, students must submit the FASFA and their enrollment hours. The Office of Student Financial Services will send an email to each student (once the FAFSA results have been received) to request enrollment hours. Award amounts vary.
Xavier University awards transfer grants to undergraduate students who transfer to Xavier. Transfer grants are based on a student's GPA at a prior school and financial need. Students must submit the FAFSA and be enrolled full-time.
Xavier University awards Family Grants when two or more siblings are enrolled as full-time undergraduates at Xavier during the same semester. Two siblings enrolled full-time would each receive a $1,000 Family Grant per academic year ($500/semester). If three or more siblings are enrolled simultaneously, each student would receive a $5,000 Family Grant per academic year ($2,500/semester). These amounts will be prorated for students enrolled full-time in the Radiologic Technology Program.
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 Services at [email protected] to apply for the Family Grant.