Federal SEOG Grant

What is a Federal SEOG Grant?
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) Program provides additional need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. The program is designed to promote access to postsecondary education.  Funding is provided to postsecondary instructions by the U.S. Department of Education.

How much can a student receive?
For the academic year based on funding levels, the typical Federal SEOG Grant amount at Dowling College is $500.

Who is eligible?
Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for SEOG funds.
The U.S. Department of Education determines student’s eligibility for Pell by using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to determine the family EFC. (Expected Family Contribution).  The fundamental elements in this standard formula are the student’s income (and assets if the student is independent), the parents’ income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family’s household size, and the number of family members (excluding parents) attending postsecondary institutions.

What is the EFC range?
Priority for SEOG is given to students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution ( EFCs).

To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant a student’s EFC must be between 0 and 5273.

Upon completion of the FAFSA the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which advises them of their EFC and Pell eligibility.

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