A grant is “gift aid”, an award that you do not have to repay.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is an entitlement program that is based on financial need. The amount of your Pell Grant is determined by the Federal government based on the cost of enrollment at GWU and the information you provided on your FAFSA. To receive the Pell grant listed on your award letter, you must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for each term shown. If you enroll less than full time your grant will be reduced or eliminated. Pell grants are usually prorated based on your semester enrollment:

  • 9-11 hours = 75%
  • 6-8 hours = 50%
  • 1-5 hours = based on need and EFC

Your Pell grant may be eliminated if you are enrolled less than six (6) hours. Check with the Financial Planning Office before you change your hours if you have any questions.

North Carolina Need Based Scholarship Program

The North Carolina Need Based Scholarship Program (NBS) is a grant program created by the state legislature for students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less. The EFC is determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a grant program based on students with exceptional need. In order to qualify for this program, students must be eligible for a Pell Grant, apply very early, and meet certain other requirements in order to be considered. Priority is given to full time, residential students.

Out-of-State Grant

The Out-of-State Grant is available on a limited basis to Undergraduate Evening (GOAL – The Degree Completion Program) students who reside in a state other than North Carolina and who are enrolled full-time (12 hours). Students not currently meeting degree requirements do not qualify, nor do students who already have a Bachelor’s degree. Funding is not available for summer school.