Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant from the federal government intended for undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. After the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filed, the Department of Education sends you a Student Aid Report (SAR) or an Information Acknowledgement if you filed online. These documents will indicate if you are Pell eligible and it is important to review them for accuracy.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need and is administered by FPU Student Financial Services. Funds are limited and eligibility is based in part by meeting the FPU priority FAFSA submission deadline of March 2nd.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants
The TEACH Grant Program provides grants up to $3,764 per year, for students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in teaching at Fresno Pacific (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students.
TEACH GRANT Eligibility Requirements
- Agree to teach at a low-income elementary or secondary school, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s * Low-Income School Directory, AND
- Agree to teach in a high need subject area such as:
- Bilingual education and English language acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Special Education
- Reading Specialist
- Self Contained Classroom (i.e. multiple subject)
- Agree to teach full-time for at least four years within eight years of completing the teaching program
- Meet first-year TEACH Grant determination GPA requirements
- Graduate/Credential students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater
- Maintain GPA requirements of 3.25 for subsequent years
- Be enrolled in a high-need teaching program (high need subject areas vary by State and change annually).
To apply for a TEACH Grant, students must:
- Complete a FAFSA for the academic year in which they are applying for the TEACH Grant;
- Submit a TEACH Grant Request Form each year to Student Financial Services as soon as possible
- Sign an “Agreement to Serve” each year that specifies the TEACH grant program service requirements at www.studentloans.gov
- Complete TEACH Entrance Counseling each year at www.studentloans.gov
- Complete TEACH Exit Counseling upon completing the teaching program at www.studentloans.gov
If eligible, the TEACH Grant award, combined with other financial aid assistance, cannot exceed the annual cost of attending Fresno Pacific.
Once a TEACH Grant is disbursed and you wish to cancel all or a portion of these funds, you must provide the Student Financial Services with a cancellation request no later than 14 days from the date of disbursement.
If the recipient fails to complete any of the requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, the grant will be converted into a federal direct unsubsidized student loan that the student must pay back, with interest accruing from the date the funds were disbursed. Once a grant becomes a loan, it stays a loan. Failure of satisfying TEACH Grant requirements can include:
- NOT teaching in a high need subject area
- NOT teaching at a designated low-income school
- NOT teaching full-time for four years within eight-years of completing the teaching program
TEACH Grant recipients are required to show that they are meeting the terms of the TEACH Grant program by obtaining verification from the school site administrator each year during their full-time employment in a high-need subject area and at a low-income school. There is no credit for part-time teaching or partial fulfillment of service.
If you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program at Fresno Pacific University, please contact the Student Financial Services at (559)453-2041.
Through the American Rescue Plan Award (ARPA), FPU students area able to receive up to $1,640 in free grant money to help cover university expenses like tuition, books, housing, food, childcare, etc. You are not responsible for paying ARPA funds back. Undergraduate, graduate and credential students of all statuses (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, Dreamers, DACA, undocumented, international) enrolled in Fall 2021 for one or more credits on October 2, 2021 are eligible.