Grants, unlike loans, generally do not have to be repaid. Wayne State College offers several different types of grants:
- Federal PELL Grant (PELL)
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG)
- Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH)
Federal PELL Grant funds are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree. These awards are determined by the Federal government through its own methodology . Students must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Awards for full-time students range from $606 to $5,920.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant funds are awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and are PELL Grant recipients. Awards for full-time students range from $200 to $1,200. FSEOG is a limited fund therefore; recipients are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Nebraska Opportunity Grant funds are awarded to undergraduate students who are Nebraska residents and have applied for Federal financial aid through the FAFSA and are either eligible for a Federal PELL Grant or has an expected family contribution (EFC) of less than 5861. Awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Awards for full-time students range from $400 to $1,600.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education
The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and at a school servicing low-income students.
The four years of teaching must be completed within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant. This teaching requirement is known as your TEACH Grant service obligation.
Requirements for an award at Wayne State College for the 2016-17 academic year:
Undergraduates (must be enrolled in an eligible program as defined by the institution):
Business, Marketing or Information Technology (BMIT)
Early Childhood Education
English as Second Language
Family & Consumer Science Education
Health or Physical Education
Industrial Tech Education
Language Arts Education
Life Science/Biology Education
Natural Science Education
Skilled/Technical Science Education
Special Ed/MMH K-12 Education
Graduates endorsement (must have declared one of the above eligible programs as well):
- School Counseling PK-6 MSE
- School Counseling 7-12 MSE
- School Counseling PK-6 & 7-12 MSE
- Must have been approved through Gateway 2 (Benchmark for the WSC Teacher Education Program).
- Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Must complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS). This is a legally binding document that explains your TEACH Grant service obligation; explains the conditions under which your TEACH Grant may be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan; and describes the repayment terms and conditions that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a loan. An Agreement to Serve (ATS) must be completed each year you receive a TEACH Grant.
- Must complete TEACH Grant Initial Counseling which will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant. TEACH Grant Subsequent Counseling must be completed each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
Award amounts based on enrollment status for 2016-2017 are as follows:
- Full-time: $1,862 per semester
- Three-quarter-time: $1,396.50 per semester
- Half-time: $931 per semester
- Less-than-half-time:$465.50 per semester