Eligibility for federal and state grants will be determined upon
timely submission of the annual FAFSA application and fund availability.
It is important to remember that the aid possibilities listed in this
section typically expire once a student has received their first
bachelor's degree. If you have any questions about the information
below, please contact Student Financial Services.
The Federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to low-income
undergraduate students to promote access to post secondary education.
- Available to Undergraduates pursuing their first
undergraduate degree and not enrolled in a professional
- Awards range from $694 to $5550 per academic year
depending on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
calculated by the FAFSA.
- The smaller the EFC, the larger the possible award.
- Students must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) to
receive the maximum award
- Students enrolled in 9 to 11 credits will receive 75
percent of the maximum award
- Students enrolled in 6 to 8 credits will receive 50
percent of the maximum award
- A minimum award may be made for student enrolled in
less than six credits per term.
- The Pell Grant is divided between the terms of
enrollment. If a student exhausts his/her Pell Grant
award in summer and fall term, the student may not have
any Pell Grant funds left to apply to spring term.
Students are advised to plan accordingly if they choose
to apply their Pell Grant funds to their summer tuition.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is
designed to assist undergraduates with the highest level of need. The
award ranges from $100 to $1,000 per year, depending on the availability
of funds and student's EFC.
*Based on federal allocation, SMU may not be able to award all
students that qualify for FSEOG Grant
- File your FAFSA by the priority deadline each year
- Student must be enrolled at least half-time (six
- Student must be Pell Grant eligible
The Washington State Need Grant is a state grant program for
Washington residents with exceptional financial need.
*Based on state allocation, SMU may not be able to award all
students that qualify for WSNG.
- Award amounts vary each year based on available
- File the FAFSA application by the priority deadline
(March 1) each year
- Have a family income of equal to or less than 70
percent of the state median
- Be a Washington resident (dependent students'
residency is based on parents' resident status)
- Be pursuing a certificate or bachelor's degree
- Not be pursuing a degree in theology
Conditions of the award
- The grant is awarded to assist in meeting
educational costs. If you withdraw from all of your
classes, repayment of all or a part of the grant may be
- Students will need to sign a directive for
disbursement to indicate if they would like the funds
directly or to have the funds applied to their