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Grants

Grants

Financial Aid Grant types include federal, state, and institutional programs. Their awards are listed below in the specific program that are in.

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or no forcible sexual offense.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

 The FSEOG program is administered directly by our office. It is given to students with the most need at the time of awarding. Unlike the Federal Pell Grant, there is a limited amount of funds. Once these funds have been exhausted there will be no additional funds awarded. Here at Norfolk State, the awarded amount for this award is $2,000. 

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

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. 

To be eligible for a TEACH Grant, you must do the following:

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program. 
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25). For specific information about the academic requirements, contact our office or the education department. 
  • Receive TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
  • Note: If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grants you received will be converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans. You must repay these loans in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

State Grants

Virginia Commonwealth Grant

The purpose of the Virginia Commonwealth Aw rd is to assist undergraduate students with financial need and graduate students to pay part of their college costs. This award may be used for need-based grants to Virginia resident undergraduates or for grants or assistantships to graduate students (both in-state and out-of-state). The law requires that the awards to undergraduates be proportional to need so that the students with the greatest need receive the largest awards. In order for an undergraduate student to be eligible for an award, a student must:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an approved degree, certificate, or diploma program;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia § 23.1-502
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the institution.
  • You must have and maintain a 2.0 to receive the Virginia commonwealth award as an undergraduate student. Graduates must maintain at least a 3.0. 

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

The purpose of the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) is to provide an incentive to financially needy students now attending elementary and secondary school in Virginia to raise their expectations and their academic performance and to consider higher education an achievable objective in their future. The law requires that the awards to undergraduates be proportional to need so that the students with the greatest need receive the largest awards. 

In order for an undergraduate student to be eligible for an award, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in an approved degree, certificate, or diploma program;
  • Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia §23.1-502; 
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the institution
  • Be a graduate from a Virginia high school or complete a program of home school instruction in accordance with §22.1-254.1 (students who obtain a GED are not eligible);
  • Have at least a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent); 
  • If a home school completer: achieve a SAT verbal and math combined score of at least 980 or ACT Composite score of at least 19; and
  • Have complied with federal selective service registration requirements, if applicable.

In order to maintain VGAP, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. You must also attempted at least 30 credit hours in an academic year. 

Institutional Grant

Norfolk State institutional grant is called the NSU Assistance Grant. It is awarded on an academic year basis based on student remaining need and available funds. There is no additional application for this grant other than completing the FAFSA. In order to be eligible for this grant you must:

  • Have a completed FAFSA
  • Be eligible for financial aid
  • Be maintaining at least a 2.0
  • Have a remaining balance on your student account.
    • Note: This grant cannot create a credit balance. Any create balance created by grant will be adjusted prior to grant disbursement.