Financial Aid Grants
Find out what grants you might be eligible for
Grants do not have to be paid back
Federal Pell Grant
This grant is awarded to eligible students who are working on their first bachelor’s degree. Current amounts for this program can be found here. Students are limited to the equivalent of 12 semesters (or 600%) of funding. Because the summer term is a shorter, non-standard term, Pell grants for the summer are prorated to 35.29%.
Unless you are currently enrolled for a term, we award this grant assuming that you will be attending full-time. Once you enroll, if your current enrollment is not full-time, the Pell grant award will adjust downward in conjunction with your enrollment. Once the census date is reached for a term (with the exception of the summer term, this is the 10th day of class), fluctuations in the Pell grant award will only occur if a course is added or if it is determined that a student never attended a course they were initially enrolled in.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 aid year, it is now possible for a student to receive up to 150% of their Pell eligibility in a given aid year. To be eligible, a student must have exhausted 100% of their Pell eligibility for the aid year and are enrolled at least half-time in the term for which they could receive more than 100% of Pell. Receiving more than 100% Pell at Emporia State University is only possible if the student attends year-round (summer, fall, and spring) and the term for which additional eligibility can be received is the spring term.
Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
Additional Student Eligibility Requirements
- Be under 24 years old or
- Enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year – not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
This is a grant program available to undergraduate students with exceptionally large financial aid need. The program requirements stipulate priority must be given to Pell Grant recipients. Because of limited funds, grants at ESU may range from $100 to $500 per year and are determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by the FAFSA. Apply early via the FAFSA for priority consideration.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The amount of this grant is prorated based on your enrollment and any effective federal sequestration. Furthermore, because the summer term is a non-standard term, TEACH grants for the summer are prorated to 35.29%. The amount of the TEACH grant in combination with any other assistance may not exceed cost of attendance.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. More than 50% of your teaching duties must be in the subject area for which you were awarded the TEACH grant. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. For more information on the TEACH grant including eligibility requirements, information about high-need fields, schools serving low-income students, and the Agreement to Serve, please visit the Department of Education's website.
To apply for this program, go to the Forms and Publications section of our website.
Kansas Comprehensive Grant
Kansas Comprehensive Grants are available to needy Kansas residents enrolled full-time at one of eighteen private colleges and universities located in Kansas, the six state universities, and Washburn University. The Kansas Legislature provides limited assistance to financially needy students. To be considered, you must complete and submit the FAFSA, listing one or more eligible colleges on the FAFSA. Award amounts range from $100-$4,000 at the public institutions.
Other State Grant Programs
Students at Emporia State University may be eligible for grant programs offered by their state of legal residence. Eligibility requirements vary by state and by program. Please visit the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's (NASFAA) website on State Financial Aid Programs for more information.