Grant money is available for students who meet specific criteria. We have assembled information on the most popular government and institutional grants used by GCU students.
Federal and State Grants
To apply for the following grants, you must complete a FAFSA.
- Federal Pell Grants: Pell Grants are generally reserved for students with high levels of need. Grants range from $598 to $5,815 per year and are available to undergraduates only.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG): These grants are for undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need. They range from $100 to $4,000 per year, with recipients of Federal Pell Grants receiving first consideration for these funds. FSEOG funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Federal Work-Study (FWS): Undergraduate students with federal need may be eligible to earn up to $1,500 per year in either on-campus or off-campus employment. Wages vary by employer. Earnings are paid directly to the student each month as work is performed; therefore, FWS awards are not subtracted from charges in the Office of Student Accounts. FWS funds and work-study positions are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG): TAG provides assistance to needy full-time Georgian Court University undergraduates who have been residents of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the grant and have filed the FAFSA. Annual award amounts for recent years ranged from approximately $1,958 to $12,196 annually. For more information, click here.
- Governor’s Urban Scholarship: Students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and attend high schools in New Jersey’s urban and economically distressed areas (as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education) will be considered. Awards of $930 are made to students who are nominated for consideration by their high schools based upon standard academic criteria. Recipients will be notified by HESAA in the fall of their senior year; awards may be renewed for up to eight semesters of full-time enrollment based on continued eligibility and available funding. Students do not need to reapply for award renewal.
- Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grants: Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) grants are funded by New Jersey and provide assistance to needy full-time undergraduates residing in New Jersey. This competitive program assists students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate the potential for success at GCU. Students must apply annually by June 1. Contact GCU at 732-987-2355 for more information, or learn more about EOF.
- NJ STARS II: NJ STARS recipients who earn an associate degree from a community college with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, have a family income (taxable and untaxed income) less than $250,000 and meet all other program eligibility requirements may be eligible to receive an NJ STARS II award in the amount of $2,500 per academic year to transfer to a New Jersey TAG-participating college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree.
- TEACH Grant Program: The federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years after graduation at schools that serve students from low-income families. Graduate students are also eligible for $4,000 per year ($8,000 total). Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $8,000 for graduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be pro-rated based on credits. Students must complete the four-year teaching commitment within eight years after graduation or you will have to repay the grant with interest. Freshmen cannot apply.
GCU Institutional Grants
GCU Grants are given to eligible, full-time undergraduate students attending the Lakewood campus who complete a FAFSA. The grants are need-based, and the amounts are determined by the results of the FAFSA. They are renewable at the university’s discretion, and require students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the policy in the GCU catalog.