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.

Federal Pell Grant

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 program.

Grant limits

  • Awards range from $694 to $5730 per academic year depending on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA.
  • The smaller the EFC, the larger the possible award.

Required credits

  • 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.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is designed to assist undergraduates with the highest level of need. The award ranges from $100 to $750 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 (March 1)
  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits)
  • Student must be Pell Grant eligible

Washington State Need Grant (WSNG)

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

  • Award amounts vary each year based on available funds.


  • 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 required.
  • 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 educational expenses.