Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Similar to the Pell Grant, FSEOG awards very low-income students anywhere between $100 and $4,000 a year based on the gravity of their needs and fund availability.

The Federal Supplementary Education Opportunity Grant, or FSEOG as it commonly referred to, is one of the need-based grants awarded to low-income students.

Its primary purpose is for it to cover additional academic related expenses for those who cannot afford it but are dedicated to higher education — and it doesn’t need to repaid.

Unlike the Pell Grant, FSEO is a campus-based aid, which means the Dept of Education provides a certain amount of funds for each participating school to administer FSEOG each year.

Once all of the school’s FSEOG funds have been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year. This is different from the Federal Pell Grant Program, which provides funds to every eligible student.


While FSEOG is very similar to the Pell program, the FSEOG is more competitive and comes with a much stricter financial need guideline as only the neediest of students are awarded each year.

Regardless, the FSEOG offers one attractive option for single mothers with little finances at their disposal to afford the high cost of higher education.

FSEOG FAQ #


How much is the FSEOG grant? #

$672

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That's the average FSEOG award for 2017—2018. 1

FSEOG funds are given to the school as a way of supplementing Pell Grants for the neediest of students — and are very limited, so there is no guarantee that every Pell Grant eligible student will receive an award.

If you’re eligible, you may be awarded anywhere between $100 and $4,000 a year based on the gravity of your needs and fund availability.

How do I qualify for FSEOG? #

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Like most other types of federal student aid, to qualify for FSEOG, you must:

  1. show “demonstrated need” for financial aid
  2. be a recipient of Pell Grant program
  3. have a high school diploma, a GED, or have been home-schooled
  4. be enrolled to obtain a degree
  5. be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or other eligible classification of non- citizen
  6. have a valid Social Security number

FSEOG is often reserved for students with the least ability to pay — those with the greatest financial need who could not otherwise afford to pay for their education expenses.

Can a single mother get a FSEOG grant? #

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Yes. Priority is given to those with “the absolute highest levels of need” — those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and those who are also recipients of the Federal Pell Grant Program.

However, not all schools participate in the FSEOG program. You should check with your school’s financial aid office to see if your school participates before applying.

How do I apply for the FSEOG? #

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If you have submitted your FAFSA, you need not complete additional applications or file additional paperwork. Your application will automatically be evaluated for the FSEOG award.

The school’s financial aid office will determine whether you’re eligible based on your EFC as reported on your FAFSA and, if you are, how much money you’ll receive.

However, the grant is not automatically renewed each year — you must keep your FAFSA up to date to be considered each year and be sure to do so early because each participating school receives a very limited amount of FSEOG funds each year.


  1. NASFFA, Overview of 2020 Federal Programs.