The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is gift aid, meaning that it does not need to be repaid. It is based on a student's (and parent's if applicable) financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Maximum Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: $4,000

In order to be eligible for the SEOG, a student must be eligible for the Pell Grant. Your school will notify you if you are eligible for the SEOG. The SEOG is unique, in that the school determines the award amount based upon the funding it has received from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED provided schools that participate in the SEOG program with a yearly allocation. The school then must fairly distribute the SEOG between all of its SEOG eligible students. If you are Pell Grant eligible and your school did not award you the SEOG, then the school ran out of the SEOG while awarding needier students.

There is no limit that restricts how many SEOGs you can receive in your lifetime, however since you must be Pell Grant eligible to receive the SEOG, you could become ineligible for SEOG at some point if you are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant.

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • You must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • You must be Pell Grant eligible
  • You must be enrolled in a program leading to your first bachelor’s degree
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You must not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment on federal grant