To be considered for any grant at VSU, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the results sent to the VSU Office of Financial Aid. Information provided on the FAFSA should be complete and accurate. Failure to resolve any application-processing problems, or delays in resolving the problems, may prevent students from being considered for a grant.

Grants are not automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet eligibility requirements and satisfactory academic progress standards.


  • Federal Pell Grant

    Federal Pell Grant Program is for undergraduate students working toward a first undergraduate degree. The amount of the grant is determined by:

    • the Cost of Attendance,
    • the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) provided by the U.S. Department of Education,
    • and your enrollment status.

    If you are enrolled:

    • 12 or more credit hours(full-time), you will receive your full eligibility. 
    • 9 to 11 credit hours, you will receive three-fourths of your eligibility.
    • 6 to 8 credit hours, you will receive one-half of your eligibility.
    • 5 or less credit hours, you may be eligible for approximately one-quarter of your eligibility each semester.

    If Pell Grant eligibility for the coming school year is less than $850.00 and you plan to enroll for less than half-time, contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine Pell Grant eligibility. VSU freezes enrollment to determine Pell Grant eligibility at the time of initial disbursement. After disbursement is made, no adjustments can be made for enrollment changes (i.e. courses added for later sessions within a term).

    If you are eligible to receive it, Pell is now available for all semesters.

  • Federal SEOG

    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is for undergraduate students. Eligibility is based on Established Financial Need, and funding is limited to students with Federal Pell Grant eligibility.
  • TEACH Grant

    Effective July 1, 2008, the CCRAA establishes the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, which provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to students who plan on becoming teachers and teachers who are obtaining graduate degrees. Effective October 1, 2018, federal sequestration has reduced the award amount of the TEACH Grant to a maximum of $3,752 per year. Effective October 1, 2019, federal sequestration has updated the award amount of the TEACH Grant to a maximum of $3,764 per year.  

    About the TEACH Grant


    Applicants for TEACH Grants may be undergraduate students, graduate students, students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program, or current or prospective teachers.

    To receive TEACH Grants, a teacher candidate must agree to:
    • Serve as a full-time teacher for a total of not less than four academic years within eight years of completing his or her course of study;
    • Comply with the requirements for being a highly qualified teacher as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
    • Teach at a public or private nonprofit elementary or secondary school that is eligible for assistance under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as provided in section 465(a)(2)(A) of the HEA;
    • Teach in any of the following fields: mathematics, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special education, as a reading specialist, or in another field designated as high need by the Federal Government, State Government or local educational agency and approved by the Secretary;
    • Provide evidence of required employment after each year of service in the form of a certification by the chief administrative officer of the school; and
    • If the candidate fails or refuses to carry out his or her service obligation, repay as a loan the total amount of TEACH Grants received plus interest.

    In exchange for the grant, candidates must agree to serve as a full-time teacher at certain schools and within certain fields for at least four academic years within eight years after completing the course of study for which the candidate received a grant.  If the candidate fails or refuses to carry out his or her teaching obligation, the amounts of the TEACH Grants received are treated as an unsubsidized Direct Loan and must be repaid with interest.


    A full-time teacher candidate may receive up to $3,752 each year prior to October 1, 2019. For awards made after October 1, 2019, the award amount is $ 3,764.  The total amount of TEACH Grants that the candidate may receive for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate study may not exceed $16,000.  The total amount that a graduate student may receive may not exceed $8,000.  If the student is enrolled less than full-time, including less than half-time, the amount of the annual TEACH Grant that he or she may receive must be reduced in accordance with a schedule established by the Secretary in regulations (see chart below).

    Enrollment Status Per Semester Disbursed after October 1, 2018 Disbursed after October 1, 2019
    Full Time (12+ hours Undergraduate- 9+ hours Graduate) $1,876 $1,882
    3/4 Time (9-11 hours Undergraduate- 7-8 hours Graduate) $1,407 $1,411.50
    1/2 Time (6-8 hours Undergraduate- 5-6 hours Graduate) $938 $941
    Less than 1/2 Time $469 $470.50

    The amount of the TEACH Grant, in combination with other assistance the student may receive, may not exceed the cost of attendance, as provided in section 472 of the HEA.  If the TEACH Grant and other aid exceed the cost of attendance for an academic year, the student’s aid package must be reduced.

    Please note: If you plan to teach in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide List, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either at the time you begin your qualifying teaching service or at the time you received a TEACH Grant. For more information, please click on the Official TEACH Grant Website. To Apply, visit Agreement to Serve.



    • B.S.Ed. - Elementary Education
    • B.S.Ed. - Middle Grades Education (Math and Science)
    • B.S. - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Environmental Geosciences or Applied Mathematics
    • B.A. - Mathematics, French, or Spanish


    • M.Ed. - Elementary Education
    • M.Ed. - Elementary Education and Special Education
    • M.Ed./ M.A.T. - Middle Grades Education (Math and Science areas)
    • M.A.T. / M.Ed.- Special Education
    • M.A.T. / M.Ed. - Interrelated Special Education/Early Childhood
    • M.Ed./ M.A.T. – Secondary Education (Earth Science, Mathematics. Spanish, Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    • M.Ed./M.A.T. - Reading Education
    • M.A.T. -Education,Foreign Language


    • B.S. - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Environmental Geosciences or Applied Mathematics
    • B.A. - Mathematics, French, or Spanish


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