SMART Grant Requirements

Do I Qualify for a National SMART Grant?

If you are a college student who is majoring in an area of math or science, you may be eligible for what is known as a Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant. This federal grant, called the SMART Grant for short, is available to students who are in their third or fourth year of a major in science, mathematics, technology, engineering, or a foreign language critical for national security. Students who are awarded a SMART Grant can get up to $4,000 for the third and fourth years of undergraduate work, as long as the amount awarded does not exceed the student”s tuition costs.

How do you know if you are eligible for such a grant? First, you must be a U.S. citizen working toward a Bachelors Degree in any of the above areas, enrolled in the courses needed to fulfill the requirements of the major, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in classes for your major.
Those who are awarded the National SMART Grant will have been eligible for a Pell Grant as well. You must be enrolled at least half time and in your third or fourth year of a four-year program, or the fifth of a five-year program. Part of the reasoning for this is that you must be taking at least one class that pertains to your major. If you are working on general studies and not taking a class that is needed to fulfill your major requirements, then you wonÕt be eligible to receive a SMART Grant.
To apply for a SMART Grant, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA for short. There is no separate application for this grant. Each college will identify which of its students qualify for this award, based on their Pell Grant eligibility, course of study, and GPA. The Department of Education will distribute money to your college or university, which will then credit it to your account for tuition, room and board, and other fees.

The reception of a National SMART Grant does not make the student exempt from receiving other grants or awards. As stated, the student must be Pell-eligible first. The only restriction is that the award must not exceed the total amount of tuition and fees. Be on the lookout for other scholarships or grants that you may qualify for, and you could just have the rest of your college career paid for!

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