Federal and State Grants

Early FAFSA/ Renewal FAFSA filing is strongly encouraged. To insure consideration for programs with limited funding, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/Renewal FAFSA between January 1 and April 1.

Student Eligibility for Federal Student Aid Programs

To receive aid from one or more of these federal student aid programs, the student must:

  • Demonstrate FAFSA financial need, except in the case of some loan programs.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or meet other established state standards approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Sign a statement on the FAFSA, certifying that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  • Sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money back on a federal student grant.
  • Register with the Selective Service, if required.

When you apply for aid from the federal student aid programs, the U.S. Department of Education verifies some of your information with the following agencies.

  • Social Security Administration (for verification of Social Security Numbers and U.S. citizenship status).
  • Selective Service System (for verification of Selective Service registration status, if applicable.)
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service (for verification of eligible non-citizenship status, if applicable).
  • Department of Justice ( for verification that a student has not been denied Federal Student aid by the courts as result of a drug related conviction).
  • Veterans’ Administration (for verification of veteran’s status, for dependency status determination).

Federal Pell Grant

The federal Pell Grant is a need-based program that awards funds to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree. The maximum amount awarded annually for the 2013-14 academic year is $5,645. The minimum amount is $302. the grant amount is based upon the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), enrollment status, and attendance for the year. Students with an EFC of $5000 or less may be eligible for Pell.  In the event student(s) do not complete or earn any credit for attempted hours in the term for which eligibility applies, a Return of Title IV Funds will be calculated and the funds for which the student is ineligible will be returned to the Department of Education (DOE). The student will bear the responsibility of final payment for any outstanding balance for the term to the AMU Business Office.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a grant for students with exceptional financial need. In order to qualify, students must qualify for a Pell Grant. Unlike Pell funding, which is guaranteed to students who meet the application dead lines and other criteria, FSEOG funding is limited, and awards are made as funds are available, with priority given to those students with the lowest EFC’s who applied by the priority deadline.

State of Florida Grant and Scholarship Programs

Below is a list of State of Florida Grant and Scholarship Programs offered at Ave Maria University.  Each program name will link you to a program description that includes eligibility requirements, application procedures, award amounts, and renewal requirements.

Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant Program (FSAG)External link

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship ProgramExternal link

Florida Resident Access Grant Program (FRAG) (William L. Boyd, IV)External link

AMU Awarding Procedures for the FRAG Program: Students who wish to apply for the FRAG must complete the application available on the AMU website under the section for Financial Aid Online Forms. The student should print out the application, complete all of the information required and obtain copies of two of the acceptable documents needed as proof of Florida residency. The FRAG application contains a list of the acceptable documents for proof of Florida residency. A student must attach the two proofs of residency to the completed FRAG application and send the documents to the AMU Office of Financial Aid.