Home > Financial Aid > Grants > Smart Grant National Science And Mathematics Access To Retain Talent Smart Grant

SMART Grant - National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant

Students who have been determined eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may also be eligible for the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant. If you’re interested in the physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering, a critical foreign language, or non-major single liberal arts programs, don’t rule out this generous grant.

What is a SMART Grant?

The SMART Grant came onto the scene in 2005 to reward students who, yes, are smart, but are also interested in fields predominantly in math and science and other high-demand areas. As a federal grant, you’ll need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, to determine whether you’re eligible for the SMART Grant and how much funding you could be eligible to receive. (You should always fill that application out anyway as it’s your ticket to free money from all government programs.) Your college should notify you if you’re eligible for the grant.

Who may be eligible for SMART Grants?

Only those in their third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program – or fifth year of a five-year program – are eligible for the grant. Eligible recipients must already be Pell recipients, and show that they have high enough need to qualify for grant funding beyond their Pell award. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have at least one class in an eligible field of study the year the grant would be awarded.

How much money can I get?

Eligible students receive up to $4,000 for each of the third and fourth years of undergraduate study. The amount of the SMART Grant, when combined with a Pell Grant, may not exceed the student's cost of attendance. As with all federal aid, that amount is subject to change, and students may receive less than the maximum depending on the amount of students found eligible for the grant each year.

Do I need to know anything else?

Students who are eligible for SMART Grants may find themselves ineligible for the grant the following year if they’re not enrolled in at least one course in the fields of study required by the grant. But you don’t need to be majoring in that particular science field, for example, for your class to qualify if your major is in another science field that has been approved by the program.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Groundbreaking Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Impacts Higher Education

June 29, 2015

by Chris Bernardi

With a decision that will rewrite United States history, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that for most colleges, the impact for employees and students will be minimal but uncertainty looms at Christian colleges. The SCOTUS decision could potentially affect [...]

The Perfect College: It Exists...But It's Different for Everyone

June 29, 2015

by Erica Lewis

My name is Erica Lewis and I attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I am majoring in food science and technology. I chose UNL because it was the right fit for me: It was close to home but far enough away that I didn't feel like my parents were right there! UNL also offered many great scholarship opportunities, which made it more affordable than many of the other schools that I looked [...]

Seattle University Grad Addresses Campus Safety with Smartphone App

June 26, 2015

by Chris Bernardi

As an undergraduate at Seattle University, Rob Monkman was held at gunpoint, robbed and helplessly watched as the assailants kidnapped his roommate. What seemed like his worst nightmare had become a life or death reality: The robbers threatened to kill his roommate if he called the police, leaving the fate of two young lives in unpredictable hands. Fortunately, he and his roommate came out of the [...]

Follow Us:

facebook twitter rss feed