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Grants for Undergraduate Students

Need-Based Awards for Students
Unlike student loans, grants do not need to be repaid. Grants can come from various sources including the state and federal governments. Widener students can even be awarded grants directly from the university.

To apply for a grant, complete the FAFSA.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is money the U.S. government provides for students who need it to pay for college, based on their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Federal Pell Grants are administered by Widener's Financial Aid Services Department.


To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor's or professional degree
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regularly admitted student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Have earned a high school diploma or a GED or have completed a high school education in an approved home–school setting
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen

Award Amount

The amount of the grant depends on your financial need and other factors, including the amount of time you attend college (e.g., full academic year or less, full-time, or part-time). Because the grant amount depends on your need and enrollment status, Federal Pell Grants are finalized at the end of drop/add each semester and the amount of the award is based on the student's registration at that time.

The U.S. government determines maximum Federal Pell Grant amounts annually. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2017–2018 year is $5,920.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.


To be eligible, students must also meet the requirements for a Federal Pell Grant, listed above. However, not every student receiving a Federal Pell Grant will receive an FSEOG.

Award Amount

FSEOG grants are dependent on funds Widener University receives each year from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid. This system works differently from the Federal Pell Grant program, which provides funds to every eligible student. This award is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is important to apply for federal student aid by filling out your FAFSA as early as you can.

Awards range between $100 and $4,000 a year depending on your financial need and the availability of funds.

State Grants

State grant awards and eligibility are controlled by the awarding state. Generally, state grants are awarded on the basis of need and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence.

Some states, such as Delaware, have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania, so that you can receive their grants while studying in Pennsylvania.

All financial aid applicants who are residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or other reciprocal states are expected to apply for their state grant.

For a comprehensive list of state-specific grant and awards resources, visit the State Contacts page on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Widener University Grant-In-Aid

Widener Grant-In-Aid is awarded from Widener University resources to full-time, undergraduate, day students who are pursuing their first degree and demonstrate financial need based on their FAFSA.

Eligible students may receive up to eight full-time semesters of grant assistance. Students who complete the financial aid process are automatically considered for Widener Grant-In-Aid and a separate application is not needed.

Contact the Financial Aid Services department at 610-499-4161 or if you have any questions about grant eligibility for undergraduate students.