Federal Pell Grant (PELL)

FAFSA required.

Pell Grant offers assistance to high need students working toward their first bachelor’s degree. The Pell Grant is funded each year by Congress, which sets the minimum and maximum award amounts. If you are eligible for the Pell Grant, it will be listed on your Georgia State University financial aid award offer. Eligibility is determined by the FAFSA. There is no separate application, and the award will disburse automatically once you are registered. If you are enrolled less than full-time (12 credits) the amount disbursed will be less than the amount listed on your award offer.

Beginning July 1, 2012, students are limited to 6 years of Pell eligibility, or the full time equivalent of six years for those attending less than full time. Since the maximum amount of Pell Grant funding you can receive each year is equal to 100%, the six-year equivalent is 600%.  It’s possible that you might not receive your entire scheduled award for an award year. There are a number of reasons for this, the most common of which are that you are not enrolled for the full year or that you are not enrolled full-time, or both. If you did not receive the full amount of your scheduled award, we calculate the percentage of the scheduled award that you did receive.

What this means for you: You must plan now for your future. Make sure you are aware of the Pell Grant lifetime limit and the impact the following have on your continued eligibility:  Changing majors, class withdrawals, repeated coursework, transferring from another school.  The six year limit is a lifetime limit, regardless of completion of your academic goals or bachelor’s degree.  It is important to do financial planning as well as academic planning to optimize funding, as you move toward the completion of your program.

For helpful information in planning your academic progress, you are encouraged to visit the University Advisement Center.

You can view your Lifetime Eligibility (LEU) percentage by logging on to the National Student Loan Data System using your Federal Student Aid PIN then viewing your LEU. The LEU will be found on the Financial Aid Review page. This amount will increase if you receive any additional Pell Grant disbursements over time from Georgia State or any other college/university in the country.

For more information, visit the federal government’s website on the subject.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

(FAFSA required) SEOG is a federal grant available to very high need students working toward their first bachelor’s degree. If you are eligible for SEOG it will be listed on your award offer. There is no separate application, and the award will disburse automatically once you are registered.


Teaching Obligation

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. IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

Service Agreement

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement) which will be available electronically on the U.S. Department of Education web site.  When you sign the service agreement, you are agreeing to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date that the grant funds were disbursed, if you do not complete the teaching obligation. You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Your teaching service must be in a high-need field. You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary. Once the grant has been converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.


You will be required to complete counseling through the financial aid office each year that you accept a TEACH Grant.  You will also be required to complete Exit Counseling when you graduate or leave school.

High-Need Subject Areas

  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Special Education


At Georgia State University, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Complete a FAFSA, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible at
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate-Junior or Senior or graduate student and accepted in one of the high-need subject areas listed above
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 from your bachelor or graduate degree program
  • Juniors or seniors are eligible only if they are pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree are NOT eligible for the TEACH Grant
  • Students must be enrolled in a degree seeking program.
  • Complete the Georgia State University Teach Grant Application each year
  • Sign an Agreement to Serve and complete counseling each year that you receive a grant at
  • Complete Entrance Counseling at

Students are awarded based on the number of hours enrolled and federal funding at the time eligibility is determined.