Grants (Federal & State)
Federal Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student aid, to which aid from other federal and nonfederal sources might be added. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students--those who have not earned a bachelor's or graduate degree. The amount of a Pell Grant depends on the student's cost of attendance, Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, enrollment status (full or part-time). The student must be accepted into a degree seeking major or eligible certificate program.
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a FSEOG. Eligible students may receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on when they apply, their financial need, the funding at the school attended, and the policies of the financial aid office at the school attended.
Grant Opportunities for Students Planning a Career in Teaching grant with a $16,000 total undergraduate maximum--with an additional $8,000 total for graduate work. This grant opportunity is for students who plan to teach in a high-need field at schools that serve low-income students. This grant has many conditions and it will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan if you do not meet all of the necessary obligations. We will only consider your eligibility for this grant after you have completed and submitted the Teach Grant Application available from the Service Center of the Office of Student Financial Services or from our website at www.uco.edu/finaid.
To receive a TEACH Grant you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher). A student working on a 2nd BA/BS degree is not eligible.
- Meet academic achievement requirements on an Admissions test (ACT 27, SAT 1200, GRE 675 on at least one battery of tests) or maintain a cumulative High School or College GPA of at least 3.25.
- Complete the on-line TEACH Grant Counseling each year.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
To make sure you do not have to repay this grant:
- You must serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students).
- You must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
- If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. Interest will be charged from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.
High-Need Fields are the specific subject areas identified below:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are the teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.pdf
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits at: https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp
For more detailed information on the TEACH Grant go to: https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/images/gen/factsheet.pdf
Click below to complete TEACH Grant Counseling and/or complete the Agreement to Serve (ATS). Both are required each year.
Students who receive a TEACH Grant at UCO are required to complete Teach Grant Exit Counseling upon:
- Ceasing to attend UCO
- Official or unofficial withdrawal from the University
- Withdrawal from a TEACH Grant eligible program/major
Students can complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling as follows:
- Go to the Direct Loans Servicing on-line website at: www.dl.ed.gov
- Select the Entrance & Exit Counseling graphic at the top of the home page
- Log in with your Federal Student Aid PIN
- Select the Exit Counseling graphic at the top of the page
- Select the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling link
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Beginning with the 2010-11 award year, a student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. The student must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled in college when the parent or guardian died. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year -- not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)
The Oklahoma State Regents' Office awards Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) funds to eligible undergraduate residents of the state of Oklahoma who attend school in Oklahoma. OTAG is a part of LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) and is funded by the federal government and the state. OTAG is included for potential eligibility as part of your award package. However, even if you have been offered an OTAG award, funds will not be forwarded to UCO until eligibility is confirmed with the OTAG office, and UCO enrollment has been verified. To insure that the OTAG funds are available to you when the term begins, you should enroll at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of classes. Because enrollment for OTAG purposes is not confirmed until the end of the 100% refund period, students awarded OTAG but withdraw or cease to be enrolled at least half time during the 100% refund period will not be eligible for OTAG funding.