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A grant is a type of gift aid that does not require repayment. Each grant has different requirements for eligibility. Eligibility for need-based grants is determined using federal and/or state formulas and the information the student provided on the FAFSA. Completion of the FAFSA is the only application required to be considered for the specific grant programs listed below. The Illinois Student Admissions Commission administers several grants. Please visit to find information regarding these programs.

Types of Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally-funded grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Need-based
  • Awarded to students with an EFC up to 5157 (2014-2015)
  • Awards vary from $602 to $5,730 for the academic year (2014-2015)
  • Available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree
  • Awarded to both full- and part-time undergraduate students

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a federally-funded grant awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Need-based
  • Awarded only to Pell Grant-eligible students
  • Award amounts vary
  • Must be enrolled full-time
  • Available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree

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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

At EIU, the TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to undergraduate students who agree to serve for at least four years as full-time “highly qualified” teachers in high-need fields in public or not-for-profit private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families.
(Due to Federal Sequestration, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is distributed after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, must be reduced by 6.9 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $276, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,724.)

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships recommends that only students who are committed to teaching a high-need subject in a designated low-income school upon graduation consider this possible source of funds. This teaching obligation must be completed in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school that is eligible for Title IV assistance. If the four-year teaching obligation is not met within eight years of graduation, the grant will convert to an unsubsidized loan, which will have to be repaid with interest calculated back to the date the funds were disbursed.

  • Non-need based, but must file a FAFSA
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Undergraduate Students
  • $4,000 each year, prorated for part-time students
  • Score above the 75th percentile on a national standardized college admissions test (in at least one subject/battery; English, Reading, Math or Science) or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 as a high school graduate and maintain that GPA throughout your academic program. You can request a copy of your ACT report from Please request a copy of the Student Report to be sent directly to you, and then provide our office with a copy. The school report will not provide us with enough information.
  • Complete TEACH Grant counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay. Grant recipients agree to teach for at least four years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation program and to teach high-need subjects in designated schools that serve low-income students.
  • Enrolled in a teacher education certificate program in one of the following areas:
    • Foreign Language
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Special Education
  • Complete TEACH Grant Initial Counseling and TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Request for Teach Grant Consideration (pdf)

Eligible students will be notified. Click here for more information from the Federal website.

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Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant

The MAP Grant is a state-funded grant awarded by the Illinois Student Aid Commission.

  • Need-based
  • Students and parents must be Illinois residents
  • Available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or professional degree
  • Awarded based on formula; students with an EFC greater than 9,000 are not eligible
  • Students with sophomore-standing who have accumulated 75 MAP Eligibility Units or students who have accumulated 135 MAP Eligibility Units are not eligible
  • Awards vary from $944 to $4,720
  • Awards for students with less than 15 credit hours per semester will be pro-rated
  • Grants may be limited based on FAFSA application date, number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly.

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