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Federal Grants

Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a federal grant awarded to the highest need students. You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure calculated by the FAFSA must be in the range set by the Department of Education each year. The Pell Grant amount you receive will be pro-rated based on your EFC.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant. There are very limited funds available to St. Ambrose students. The University has certain criteria students must meet in order to be eligible.

  • You must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15
  • You must qualify for the Pell Grant

Because funds are limited, they are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to students who have a completed financial aid file. This means that you have turned in all of the documents required for your file and that your file has undergone a complete review.

If you are eligible for either a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter.

Federal Teach Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant will provide up to $4,000 to assist students intending to teach in a school that serves students from low-income families. In addition, the student must be willing to teach in a high-need field as determined either by the U.S. Department of Education or by a state education agency.

To receive this grant, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  •  Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Enroll in coursework necessary to begin a teaching career
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25/4.00 or score above the 75th percentile on a college admission test such as the ACT or SA
  • Agree to teach in a high-need field including Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science or Special Education
  • Agree to teach in other state-identified shortage areas as of the time you begin to teach in that field
  • Agree to teach in a school that serves low-income students (
  • Meet with a member of the Financial Aid Office staff to discuss your eligibility
  • Complete Teach Grant Counseling and the Agreement to Serve (

Failure to teach in a position that is designated as a shortage field and is located in a low-income school for four years out of the first eight upon graduation or otherwise leaving school will result in all TEACH Grant funds converting to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans with accrued interest being charged back to the original disbursement dates of each TEACH Grant.

TEACH Grants are serviced by FedLoan Servicing. Those who are currently TEACH Grant recipientscan view additional information about their grantsat