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ACG & Smart Grant

ACG - Academic Competitiveness (ACG) Grants

SMART - National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants

Note: The Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART) will be discontinued starting with the 2011-2012 award year.

Eligibility Requirements and Grant Amounts:

1st academic year undergraduate [0-29 hours earned]:

Recipients:

Grant amount: Up to $750 over two semesters.

2nd academic year undergraduate [30-59 hours earned]:

Recipients:

  • Must be full-time students,
  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
  • Must be eligible for a federal Pell Grant,
  • Must have completed a rigorous secondary school program after January 1, 2005 AND be classified as a college sophomore,
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the conclusion of the first year of undergraduate education (completion of 30 credit hours),

Grant amount: Up to $1,300 over two semesters.

3rd academic year undergraduate [60-89 hours earned]: and
4th academic year undergraduate [90-119 hours earned]:

Recipients must:

  • Be full-time students,
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
  • Be eligible for a federal Pell Grant
  • Be pursuing a major in: physical, life, or computer science, mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign language. Click here to view the official list of National SMART Grant - Fields of Study. Major must be approved before end of the drop/add period to reserve the award for the term.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Only receive one award at each grade level (one award as a third year student [60-89 credit hours earned] and one award as a fourth year student [90-119 credit hours earned]).

Grant amount: Up to $4,000 over two semesters.

Additional Rules:

  • The grant amount in combination with the student’s Pell grant assistance and remaining financial aid may not exceed their cost of attendance.
  • If the total amount of the grant fund is less than the amount required to provide grants to all eligible students, then the amount of the grant for each student will be ratably reduced. *If additional amounts are then appropriated for any fiscal year, the reduced grants will be increased in the same manner as they were reduced.
  • Grants will not be awarded to any students for an academic year for which the student received credit before the date of enactment.

For more information, visit the Department of Education or contact your financial aid counselor.