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Initial awards for grants are based on full-time enrollment. If you are not enrolled full-time, the grant will be reduced based on your actual enrollment after the drop/add period.

*Students admitted to a STEP Pathway will be awarded based on three-quarter time enrollment for the first term.

Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is awarded to students with high financial need who are completing a first bachelor's degree. The amount of the grant is based on the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. Award amounts can change yearly. Students can receive the Pell Grant for no more than 12 full-time semesters (including summer). Students will be notified on their Student Aid Report when they are approaching the lifetime Pell limit.

To receive the Pell Grant you must meet the requirements and Submit the FAFSA. Learn more about the Federal Pell Grant.


If you have been offered a Pell grant on your financial aid award letter, the amount offered is based on full time enrollment. The Pell Grant is available at any enrollment level and it is based on your EFC.

Students are expected to complete all registered classes to avoid possible repayment of financial aid, including the Pell Grant.

If you received aid at another college, or are close to the lifetime maximum limit of 600%, you may not receive the full amount of the "Term Award" and/or the "Maximum Annual Award".

Pell Grant Calculator

Use these steps to calculate a Pell Grant estimate for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  1. Enter your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is located on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and on your MyFIU. From the dashboard, select Financial Aid, select the current year, then select Financial Aid Summary.
  2. Enter your Enrollment Level (number of credits you are taking).
  3. Hit Submit.
Enrollment Level
  • Total: $0.00
  • First Term: $0.00
  • Second Term: $0.00
An error occurred while calculating your results. Please try again later!


Summer Session 

A student could be eligible for a Pell Grant for the summer session in two ways. 

  1. In the event a Pell Grant recipient does not use his/her full award to attend full time both fall and spring, any remaining funds can be used in the summer session if the student meets the enrollment criteria.
  2. Starting summer 2018, Pell Grant regulations allow a student to receive additional funds to accelerate his/her academic career. To receive the additional Pell Grant, a student must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits in his/her major for the summer session.

The Financial Aid Office is required to recalculate eligibility for the Pell Grant after the add/drop period for each session. Students who are registered for at least one course in Session B, will have the Pell Grant recalculated based on current enrollment for the term after the add/drop period for Session B.  Dropping Session A/C enrollment (with DR grade) may reduce the amount of the Pell Grant for the term, resulting in a balance due and immediately repayable to FIU.


Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

FSEOG is a federal grant awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients will receive priority and award amount varies, up to $4,000 for the academic year. Learn more about FSEOG.


  • Submit the FAFSA
  • Have an EFC of 0 to 6206
  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must NOT have a previous bachelor’s degree


Enrollment Per SemesterAward Per SemesterMaximum Annual Award
12 + creditsVariesVaries
9-11 credits3/4 of Amount3/4 of Amount
6-8 credits1/2 of Amount1/2 of Amount



The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education, or TEACH Grant, provides up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

To receive the TEACH Grant you must meet the requirements and Submit the FAFSA. Learn more about the Federal TEACH Grant.


A full-time TEACH Grant recipient may receive four scheduled awards of up to $4,000 each, or a total of $16,000, for the first bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s programs combined.

A graduate student may receive two scheduled awards or a total of up to $8000 for a master’s program.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 requires a mandatory reduction of the maximum annual TEACH Grant.  The reduction percentage is dependent upon the first disbursement date of the grant. See for the current amounts.


To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Submit the FAFSA
  • Be admitted to an eligible degree seeking program
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for each term awarded the grant
  • Undergraduate students must be in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year
  • Must be enrolled in coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching in a high-need field, which includes subjects on the nationwide shortage area list. The list can be found at Teacher Shortage Areas list, which is updated each year by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled for at least half-time during the semester the award is received (fall/spring). The TEACH grant will be prorated based on enrollment status. Undergraduate: full time (12+ credits), three-quarters time (9-11 credits), and half-time (6-8 credits). Graduate: Full-time (9+ credits), half-time (5-8 credits). TEACH grant is not offered in the Summer term
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Complete the TEACH Grant Agreement To Serve or Repay for every academic year the grant is awarded
  • Complete the FIU TEACH Grant Request Form

Agreement to Serve

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve or Repay in which you agree to teach:

  • In a high-need field
  • At an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • For at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve or Repay that will be available electronically on a Department of Education Website. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve or Repay  specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve or Repay will require the following:

  • For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
  • You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.

If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation as explained above, all TEACH Grant funds disbursed will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.


This page provides a preliminary summary of the TEACH Grant Program based on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. The information on this page is subject to change and is not binding on the Department of Education.

Last updated: August 14, 2023