Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant:
What is a Federal Supplemental Educational
An FSEOG is for undergraduates with exceptional
financial need—that is, students with the
lowest EFCs— and gives priority to students
who receive Federal Pell Grants. An FSEOG doesn’t
have to be paid back.
What’s the difference between an
FSEOG and a Federal Pell Grant?
The U.S. Department of Education guarantees that
each participating school will receive enough
money to pay the Federal Pell Grants of its eligible
students. There’s no guarantee every eligible
student will be able to receive an FSEOG; students
at each school will be awarded these funds based
on availability at that school.
How much money can I get?
You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year,
depending on when you apply, your need, the funding
level of the school you’re attending, and
the policies of the financial aid office where
you attend school.
How will I be paid?
Your school will credit your account, pay you
directly (usually by check), or combine these
methods. Schools must pay students at least once
per term (semester, trimester, or quarter). Generally,
schools that do not use traditional terms must
pay you at least twice during the academic year.