Ohio University

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined by your FAFSA results. Students receive payments from the Pell grant based on their enrollment status (full time or part time). Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Pell grant awards are federally determined and are the same at any school you attend. To read more about the Federal Pell Grant, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Students receiving a Federal Pell grant who earn a grade of FN (failed, never attended) or WN (withdrew, never attended) will have the credit hours for those courses removed from their financial aid enrollment for receipt of the grant. For example, if a student has full-time enrollment and is enrolled in four (4) three credit hour courses and receives a grade of FN or WN in two of those courses, the student’s enrollment for Pell grant purposes would change to half-time at six credit hours. Pell grant recipients who receive a grade of FS (failed, stopped attending), WP (withdrew passing), or WF (withdrew failing) will also have a date indicating their last date of academic participation. Additionally, the credit for courses where the student ceased academic participation after the add/drop period has ended will be removed from their financial aid enrollment for receipt of the Pell grant. In summary, grades of FN, WN, FS, WP, and WF can reduce a student’s eligibility for the Federal Pell grant. These adjustments would, typically, occur after the student has been paid Pell for a semester. The adjustment will create a university balance that, if unpaid, will be subject to the University’s collection process.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is for undergraduate students with high financial need determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. Students must have a Pell Grant award to be considered for SEOG. SEOG is given to students who meet Ohio University’s first-priority FAFSA consideration date of January 15. To view this and other important dates, please visit Applications and Deadlines. To read more about SEOG, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.


TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a non-need based grant program. TEACH is offered to students who are enrolled in certain education majors. Students must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for four years of the eight years after completing the TEACH-eligible degree program. If you have been awarded a TEACH Grant, you must complete both TEACH Grant Counseling and an Agreement to Serve (ATS). To complete the Counseling and ATS, visit the studentloans.gov website.

The ATS specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded and the teaching service requirements. If you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. This means that you will owe the amount you received with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed. By completing the ATS, you agree to all terms of the TEACH Grant program. This includes the requirement to serve for four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income families.

Federal regulations require that students who have received a TEACH Grant complete an exit counseling session upon withdrawing or graduating from their program of study.  The TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. To complete your Exit Counseling, visit studentloans.gov.