Grants are forms of need-based financial aid which do not have to be repaid.
Below are the different grant programs our undergraduate student may be eligible to receive:
The Shenandoah University Grant is an academic and need-based university grant. The amount of the grant will vary based upon a student’s academic success and the results of their FAFSA prior to enrolling at Shenandoah. Students must maintain full-time enrollment and a GPA of 2.5 or better to continuing receiving this award.
Generally, a Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. It does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the Pell Grant is based upon the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered, students must file the FAFSA each year of their enrollment at Shenandoah University.
- Award Amount: $598 – $5,815 for 2016-2017
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to undergraduates with extremely high financial need. Priority is given to students who are eligible for the Pell Grant. A SEOG does not have to be paid back, but funding for the grant is limited. To be considered, students must file the FAFSA each year of their enrollment at Shenandoah University.
- Award Amount: $400 per year
The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program (VTAG) is a state-funded, non need-based grant available to undergraduate students who are Virginia residents and are enrolled full-time. Once awarded, it is not necessary to reapply for subsequent years. The VTAG application is due July 31.
- Award Amount: $3,300 (2017-2018)
Established in 2007, the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) provides an incentive for students to first complete an associate degree at a Virginia public two-year college before transferring to a participating Virginia four year college or university as a means to reduce the overall cost towards completing a bachelor’s degree.
- Be a first-time entering freshman (at any institution) no earlier than fall 2007.
- Be an undergraduate in-state student (Virginia domicile).
- Meet selective service requirements.
- Have received an associate degree at a Virginia two-year public institution.
- Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the associate degree.
- Enroll into a degree program that is not for religious training or theological education.
- Have applied for financial aid by completing the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the four-year institution’s published deadline.
- Have financial need, defined as a federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 12,000 or less
Grant amount is equal to one-half tuition
Ministerial Grants are available to dependent children and spouses of Virginia Conference United Methodist ministers. Students must be a resident of Virginia and enrolled full-time to qualify.
The Ministerial Grant may be renewed annually for a total of four years. To remain eligible, recipients are required to maintain full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student and a GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, recipients must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as defined by the Office of Financial Aid and listed in the undergraduate catalog. Ministerial Grant recipients are not eligible for other forms of SU aid. Applications for the Virginia Conference United Methodist Scholarship are due May 31.
At Shenandoah we understand that Financial Aid is an important, and sometimes confusing, factor in your college search process. We are here to help you understand your Shenandoah University financial aid package and financial options. Contact the Office of Financial Aid.