Old Grants

Federal Grants

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

  • Be a Federal Pell Grant recipient and have financial need
  • Have completed a rigorous secondary school program
    • High School courses including: 4 years of English, 3 years of math (including two courses of Algebra I or higher), 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science (including one year each of at least two of biology, chemistry, and physics), 1 year of a foreign language (other than English) OR
    • Completed AP/IB courses (at least two IB courses with a score of 4 or higher on the course exam or at least two AP courses with a score of 3 or higher on the College Board's exam)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen. [Effective for the 2009-2010 academic year, eligible non-citizens will also be eligible.]
  • Effective for the 2009-2010 academic year, be a freshman (0 - 29.9 credits earned) or a sophomore (30 - 59.9 credits earned) student
  • Any student with 60 credits or more earned is no longer eligible for the Academic Competitiveness Grant.
  • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits). [Effective for the 2009-2010 academic year, students who will be enrolled at least part-time (6 credits) will also be eligible. Students enrolled less than full-time will have their grant prorated based on their enrollment status.]
  • Be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • First year students may not have been previously enrolled in a program of undergraduate education and must have completed secondary school program of study after January 1, 2006
  • Second year students must have a 3.0 GPA (at the time the student became a second year student) in an eligible program and must have completed secondary school program of study after January 1, 2005
  • This grant may only be received for a maximum of 2 years (4 full-time equivalent semesters) - 2 full-time payments as a freshman (ACG1) and 2 full-time payments as a sophomore (ACG2).  If a student has received the ACG1 or ACG2 as a part-time student, the number of payments will be limited to 2 full-time equivalent payments at each level.

All potentially eligible students should have been completed additional questions on the FAFSA if it was completed online. If you did not complete the FAFSA online and think you will qualify for this grant, please contact our office so we can discuss your eligibility - you can contact our Federal Grants Coordinator, Tonya Hsiung, at 717-872-3026.

Award amounts are up to $750 for first year students and up to $1,300 for second year students.

The last year this grant will be awarded is the 2010-2011 academic year.  It is not being funded again by the U.S. Department of Education, so will NOT be available beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year. 


National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant

  • Be a Federal Pell Grant recipient and have financial need
  • Be in an eligible major
  • Be a U.S. Citizen. [Effective for the 2009-2010 academic year, eligible non-citizens will also be eligible.]
  • Effective for the 2009-2010 academic year, be a junior (60 - 89.9 credits earned) or a senior (90 - 119.9 credits earned) student
  • Any student with less than 60 credits or 120 or more credits earned is not eligible for the National SMART Grant.
  • Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits). [Effective for the 2009-2010 academic year, students who will be enrolled at least part-time (6 credits) will also be eligible. Students enrolled less than full-time will have their grant prorated based on their enrollment status.]
  • Be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Award amounts are up to $4,000
  • This grant may only be received for a maximum of 2 years (4 full-time equivalent semesters) - 2 full-time payments as a junior (NSG3) and 2 full-time payments as a senior (NSG4).  If a student has received the NSG3 or NSG4 as a part-time student, the number of payments will be limited to 2 full-time equivalent payments at each level.
  • Be progressing toward the degree in your major - we must receive written confirmation regarding this prior to disbursing the National SMART Grant.
  • Student Teaching is not considered a required course for the major, so students who are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) and are majoring in a National SMART Grant qualified major will not be eligible for the National SMART Grant in the semester s/he student teaches, unless another course required for the major is taken in that same semester.  The additional course must be unrelated to the education portion of the degree (i.e. the seminar in student teaching does NOT count).

All potentially eligible students will be awarded by the Office of Financial Aid.

Eligible majors are in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Foreign Languages, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Technology, and other Multidisciplinary Studies.

Please be aware that not all majors in these fields qualify.

The last year this grant will be awarded is the 2010-2011 academic year.  It is not being funded again by the U.S. Department of Education, so will NOT be available beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year.