FSEOG Eligibility

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is free money for your undergraduate education.  FSEOG is a needs based grant for United States citizens. FSEOG eligibility is determined through demonstrated significant financial need.

FSEOG eligibility is based on several conditions: 1) whether a student is a United States citizen, 2) the student must be a full-time undergraduate student, 3) the student must have completed the FAFSA form.  Finally, 4) FSEOG eligibility is determined by the financial assets and income listed on the student’s FAFSA form.  

The process for applying for the grant is simple.  FSEOG Eligibility is determined through your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  The US Department of Education uses the information you supply on your FAFSA form to help determine FSEOG eligibility.  Simply by filing the FAFSA form, you are automatically reviewed for FSEOG eligibility.  The need for aid is determined by looking at assets and taxable income, information that is supplied on the FAFSA form.  The funds are disbursed through college and university financial aid offices.  It is in your school’s best interest to disburse all the FSEOG funds because if they do not, their allotment of FSEOG funds is reduced the following year.  It’s a classic case of use it or lose it.  For this reason, schools work closely with the Department of Education to determine FSEOG eligibility for their students.

Having determined FSEOG eligibility does not automatically provide grant money.  Because the FSEOG grant is a finite amount of money to be disbursed between approximately 3500 colleges and universities, FSEOG funds are also disbursed on a first come first served basis.  The earlier you file your FAFSA form, the more likely you will have FSEOG eligibility.  The key here is that you should file your FAFSA form early.  You do not have to have complete information because the FAFSA form can be updated.  You simply need to file and submit the FAFSA early, then revise it when your financial information is complete. It is recommended that students file as early as January 1 to have FSEOG eligibility for the fall term. This gets you in line early for the first come first serve free money!

It is worth repeating that the FSEOG eligibility is dependent on whether or not a student is a full-time registered undergraduate student at a participating college or university.  Not all colleges and universities participate in the FSEOG program.  Additionally, part-time students are not eligible for the FSEOG grant.  Check with your school’s financial aid office to see if your school participates in the FSEOG grant program and to find out what your school’s criteria are for full-time registration.

Determining FSEOG eligibility means that the Department of Education and your school will assess your assets and income based on the information provided on the FAFSA form.  Because FSEOG eligibility is a needs based program, larger grants will be given to those who demonstrate a greater need.  In the past grants have ranged between $100 and $4,000.

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