Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships
Each year Georgetown University awards many hundreds of need-based scholarships to eligible undergraduates. Individual awards range in value from $1,000 to more than $50,000 per year, depending on the student's eligibility for scholarship assistance.
Georgetown University scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need using a nationally-recognized formula for determining that need. Each student's financial need is re-evaluated annually to ensure continued equity in the distribution of University scholarship assistance. Georgetown awards athletic grants-in-aid to athletes based on ability, and based on financial need.
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Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to students they determine to have great financial need. The amount of each individual grant award depends on program funding and the student's eligibility and enrollment status. Students apply for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about these grants visit the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Gateway.
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants and National SMART Grants
The Academic Competitiveness (AC) Grants and National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants were created by a 2005 Act of Congress to encourage students to take more challenging courses in high school and to pursue college majors in high demand in the global economy, such as science, mathematics, technology, engineering and critical foreign languages. In addition to the Pell Grant amount, up to $750 is awarded to eligible first-year AC Grant students, and up to $1,300 to second-year AC Grant students. Up to $4,000 is awarded to eligible National SMART Grant students for each year in addition to the Pell Grant funds.
For AC Grants students must (1) apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have been determined to be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and (2) must be enrolled in a two or four-year degree program, and (3) must be in their first or second academic year of a two or four-year degree program, and (4) first-year students must have completed high school on or after January 1, 2006, and (5) second-year students must have completed high school on or after January 1, 2005, and (6) all AC Grant students must have completed a rigorous high school program of study as designated by their state, and (7) all second-year AC Grant students must have a grade point average (GPA) from their first year of at least 3.0.
For National SMART Grants students must (1) apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have been determined to be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and (2) must be enrolled in a four-year degree program, and (3) must be in their third or fourth academic year of a four-year degree program, and (4) must be pursuing a major in mathematics, science (including physical, life, and computer sciences), technology, engineering, or a critical foreign language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Russian, and (5) must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Georgetown University receives a small allocation of FSEOG funds from the U.S. Department of Education each year. The funds must be awarded to students with the greatest financial need, most of whom will also be Federal Pell Grant recipients. FSEOG funds are used in conjunction with Georgetown University scholarship funds to meet the need for undergraduate scholarship assistance.
Privately-sponsored Grants and Scholarships
Many civic groups, churches, high schools, labor unions, and business organizations offer grant and scholarship awards based on financial need, academic merit and/or other criteria such as ethnic background, residency, or employment affiliation. Students are encouraged to search for private scholarships online.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program recognizes exceptionally able students who show promise of continued excellence. The program provides federal funds to state educational agencies so that those agencies can award scholarships to outstanding high school graduates for study at a college or university. To apply for a scholarship, students should contact their state's Department of Education. Each state designs the selection criteria and application procedures for awarding scholarships allocated to that state.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships based on financial need and/or merit are available for one to four years of study from the Army, Navy & Air Force.
Detailed information about Army ROTC scholarships for study at Georgetown may be obtained from the Army ROTC program at Georgetown University at 202-687-7008. Students at Georgetown University may participate in the Air Force and Navy ROTC programs through the Washington Consortium of Universities. Information about Air Force ROTC may be obtained from the Cadet Unit at Howard University at 202-806-6788. Information about Navy ROTC may be obtained from the Department of Naval Science at George Washington University at 202-994-5880.
State Scholarship Programs
Students residing in one of the following states may be eligible to receive a state-subsidized grant for study at Georgetown University: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia , Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Most states provide information about application procedures and deadlines to high school guidance offices, and further information is available from each state's education agency.
Many organizations offer tuition payment benefits or employer-sponsored scholarships to their employees and/or the dependents of their employees. Students and/or parents are encouraged to contact their Personnel or Human Resources offices for further information about these funding opportunities for college expenses.
Georgetown provides tuition benefits to eligible University employees for various types of educational expenses. Further information is available from the Georgetown University Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits.
Veterans Administration Educational Benefits
If you are a veteran, visit the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUSVA) website for information about educational benefits and support programs, including the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students who are eligible to receive educational benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may obtain information and assistance from the Georgetown University Registrar's Office in Room G-01, White-Gravenor or by calling that office at 202-687-4020.