Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need—those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) numbers as determined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—who have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. SEOG is a federal grant and does not have to be repaid.
Unlike Pell Grants, the amount of SEOG you receive depends not only on your financial need but also on the amount of other aid you get and the availability of funds at your school. Each school participating in SEOG receives a certain amount of SEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. When all of those funds have been disbursed for that award year, no more SEOG awards can be made for that year.
It is important to apply early to be considered for these funds. Not everyone who qualifies for an SEOG might get one.