SMART Grant Application

Because The National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National Smart Grant) is a federally funded grant program, you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and must be designated as eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

The student need not complete any additional applications either through the Federal Government or through their college or university. You should not that you will only be considered for this grant if you are in your third or fourth year of a four-year undergraduate degree program and if you are enrolled in one of the designated majors (mathematics, sciences, technology, engineering or a “critical foreign language”).

After you have completed the FAFSA form, your eligibility and award funding will be managed by the same process as Pell Grants and other government grants. As you may know, the application process for these government funded grants involves the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students in high school often get the form from their counseling office or complete the form online.

If you have already completed your FAFSA form, you will be notified if you are eligible for the SMART Grant, and/or any other funding like Pell Grants, etc.

When you complete the FAFSA form for the first time, or update your form each year as you progress through your college term, you will be asked to include information about your parent or guardian income, your financial need and your grades, etc. This information is the foundation for the federal funding decision for each student.

If you have already completed a FAFSA application, go back to the FAFSA website (, and review Step 3 in the application. Choose the section entitled, “Make Corrections to a Processed FAFSA.” The new eligibility requirements for both the new SMART Grant require that you answer a few more questions to determine your eligibility. Once you have answered the new questions and updated any information that has changed, you should save and submit the edited form. You will be notified by email or regular postal delivery if and when you receive SMART Grant funding.

If you have not completed a FAFSA application, go to the website (, and complete your FAFSA using the instructions provided in the “Fill out a FAFSA” section. When you complete your first FAFSA application, you will answer questions that determine your eligibility for the SMART Grant, among other government grants and funding. After you save and submit your initial FAFSA application, you will be notified by email or regular postal delivery if and when you receive SMART Grant funding.

If you begin the online application form and you find you do not have all the information required, you can save what you have completed and come back to it at a later time. Among the information and items you will need to complete your application:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your driver’s license number, if you have a license
  • Your previous year W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
  • Yours and/or your spouse’s previous year Federal Income Tax Return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, foreign tax return, or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • Your parents’ previous year Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent)
  • Your untaxed income, if any (Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records)
  • Your most recent bank statements
  • Your most recent business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Your alien registration number or permanent residence card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

If you need more information or a paper application, you can contact or call (800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 for TTY for the hearing-impaired. You can find deadlines for each state and each type of application (original, edited, etc), here: Good luck on your application!

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