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A grant is a type of gift aid that does not have to be repaid. Each grant has different requirements for eligibility. Eligibility for need-based and non-need-based grants is determined using federal, state and/or institutional formulas and information the student provides on their FAFSA. Completion of the FAFSA is the only application required to be considered for the specific grant programs listed below. Please visit collegeilllinois.org to find information regarding grant programs administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).


Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grant is a need-based federally funded grant awarded for educational expenses by the U.S. Department of Education to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.

Annual Amount

What determines eligibility?

How to Apply

$555 to $5,730

  • Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than $5157

File FAFSA

Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) Grant

Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) Grant is a need-based state funded grant awarded by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Grant may be limited based on FAFSA application date, number of applicants, and funding levels by the Illinois General Assembly. Students with sophomore standing who have accumulated 75 MAP Eligibility Units or students who have accumulated 135 MAP Eligibility Units are not eligible.

Annual Amount

What determines eligibility?

How to Apply

$300 to $4,720 -Amount awarded applies to tuition and mandatory fees only

  • Student and parents must be Illinois residents
  • State formula determines eligibility
  • Students with less than 15 credit hours will be pro-rated
  • Awards are made until funds are depleted

File FAFSA as early as possible.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – is a need-based federally funded grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate on-campus students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree and who demonstrate exceptional financial need.

Annual Amount

What determines eligibility?

How to Apply

$200 to $2,000

  • Must be Pell Grant eligible
  • Must have a SIU GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 

File FAFSA as early as possible and submit all requested documents. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

Student-to-Student (STS) Grant

Student-to-Student (STS) Grant – is a need-based grant funded in part by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Voluntary student contributions are matched, dollar-for-dollar, by ISAC. The grant is awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate on-campus students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need.

Annual Amount

What determines eligibility?

How to Apply

$200 to $1,000

  • Must have a SIU GPA greater than or equal to 2.00

File FAFSA as early as possible and submit all requested documents. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

SIU Carbondale Institutional Need-Based Grant

SIU Carbondale Institutional Need-Based Grant - is a need-based grant funded by the University and awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate on-campus students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree and who demonstrate exceptional financial need.

Annual Amount

What determines eligibility?

How to Apply

Based on available Institutional Funds

  • Must have a SIU GPA greater than or equal to 2.00 

File FAFSA as early as possible and submit all requested documents. Awards are made until funds are depleted.

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

The U.S. Department of Education’s TEACH Grant Program provides grant funds to postsecondary students who are completing or plan to complete coursework that is needed to begin a career in teaching. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. 

Annual Amount

What determines eligibility?

How to Apply

$200-$4000

  • Must score above the 75th percentile on a national standardized college admissions test, OR
  • have a cumulative high school graduate GPA of at least 3.25 and maintain that GPA throughout academic program.
  • Be enrolled in a teacher education program in one of the following:
  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education

Complete the SIU TEACH Grant Application

Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling

Complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS)

Upon Graduation from SIU

School Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits

What If I Change My Mind

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required four years of teaching service, within eight years after completing the coursework for which you received the grant, or if you otherwise do not meet the requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, all TEACH Grant funds that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay in full, with interest, to the Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed. TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.

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