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Columbus State University

Financial Aid

Grants

A grant is gift aid with no repayment required. The amount awarded is normally based on financial need, school cost and enrollment status.

Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant. Awarded to students who are not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.The student must be under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent's or guardian's death.

Federal Pell Grant. Awarded to undergraduate students showing financial need as determined by a federal need analysis. Generally, Pell Grants are not awarded to students who have earned a bachelor's or professional degree.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Awarded to exceptionally needy undergraduates with priority given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

Georgia 's HOPE Grant. Awarded to Georgia residents and eligible military personnel, spouses, and dependents pursuing a certificate program. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA at 30 and 60 HOPE Grant paid-hour checkpoints.

Awards are based upon a per hour rate toward tuition as set each year by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. HOPE Grant is reduced by other assistance applied solely to the student's tuition. Students may receive HOPE Grant for up to 63 HOPE Grant-paid or HOPE combined-paid semester hours meeting all eligibility requirements and grade point average checkpoints.

Deadline: Application must be submitted by the last day of exams of the term seeking HOPE payment.

Teach Grant. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides up to $4000 per year to full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in eligible CSU programs of study who intend to teach in an approved public or private elementary or secondary school serving low-income students. TEACH Grant recipients attending less than full-time will have their grant reduced. Students must agree to serve four academic years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field at an eligible school. To qualify for a TEACH Grant, students must meet and maintain academic requirements of a 3.25 gpa or score above the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test. The gpa requirements do not apply to graduate students who are current teachers or retirees. Failure to complete the service obligation will result in the TEACH Grant funds converting to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest charged from the date the grant was disbursed.