Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant
  • Offered to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need and who have not earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
  • The amount of the award is based on the EFC (expected family contribution) from the FAFSA results and the number of credits you enroll in each semester.
  • May be eligible for a partial grant if enrolled for less than half-time (fewer than 6 credits).
  • Maximum award for the 2016-17 academic year is $5,815.
  • Maximum award for the 2017-18 academic year is $5,920.
  • Eligibility is limited to 12 full-time semesters (or the equivalent).
  • Students receiving a full-time Pell Grant in Fall and Spring semesters will not have summer Pell eligibility.

For additional information on the Federal Pell Grant, please click here to be directed to the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant to be considered for this grant.
  • Funds are limited. Students should apply as soon as October 1 prior to upcoming fall semester.
  • Maximum award: $1,000 per academic year.
  • Award may be reduced for less than full-time enrollment.

For additional information on FSEOG, please click here to be directed to the U.S. Department of Education.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
  • Enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program of study that will lead to a teaching degree.
    • Students enrolled in a Post-Baccalaureate program are not eligible at UWM.
    • Students enrolled in the combined Masters/ Post- Baccalaureate program are not eligible while they are enrolled at the Post- Baccalaureate level, but become eligible while in the Master’s program.
  • Plan to take course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Students do not have to demonstrate financial need, but must submit a FAFSA.
  • Must sign an agreement to serve in high-need field areas e.g. bilingual education and English language acquisition, foreign languages, mathematics, reading, science, special education; and teach in schools designated as serving low-income students.
  • If you believe you meet this program’s criteria, please go to the website and complete the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling as well as the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve. You will then be contacted by the University with regard to your eligibility and any additional counseling requirements.
  • For more information about eligibility, please contact:  Rob Longwell-Grice from the School of Education at (414) 229-3059; robert@uwm.edu
  • If you fail to complete the service obligation (teaching full-time in high need area serving low income students for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing your program of study), this grant becomes a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Students must then repay these funds with interest added from the date the original grant was disbursed.

For award amounts and additional information on TEACH, please click here to be directed to the U.S. Department of Education.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  • For students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.
  • Must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant based on your expected family contribution (EFC), but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.
  • Must have been less than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

For award amounts and additional information on the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, please click here to be directed to the U.S. Department of Education.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant

Eligibility requirements vary by tribe.  Please consult your tribe for their specific requirements.  Some common requirements are:

  • Certified one-quarter American Indian by your tribe.
  • Must be enrolled full-time.
  • Submit Indian scholarship application to your tribe.
  • Renewable up to five years.
  • Must send grade report to your tribe each semester to retain consideration for eligibility.
  • Maximum Award amount for an academic year is: $20,000
Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Grant (Gear Up)
The Gear Up Grant is administered by the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Program (WEOP) agency. Eligible students are identified by WEOP and eligibility is confirmed by the Financial Aid Office. In order to confirm eligibility, students must complete a FAFSA and submit any required additional forms. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in order to remain eligible for this grant.