Federal and State Grants

Grants are a type of financial aid that do not need to be repaid.


Federal Grant Programs

Federal Grants are provided to students by the Federal Government and do not need to be paid back. Students apply for these grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid. A Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on each student’s financial need. Pell grants are only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree. The maximum Pell Grant award is annually established by the Federal Government.

Lifetime Limit of Eligibility

A student may receive a Pell grant for no more than six scheduled awards.

Survivors of Service Members

Students who have a Pell Grant eligible EFC will be treated as a student who has a zero EFC and will be awarded the maximum Federal Pell Grant Scheduled award based on the following criteria:

  • Parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001
  • Student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled in a postsecondary program at the time of the parent or guardian’s death

FSEOG is awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need, with priority given to Federal Pell grant recipients with the lowest expected family contribution (EFC). The annual award is up to $200 per semester, not to exceed $600 total. Awards are based on availability from an annual allocation and the UNH College of Professional Studies cannot guarantee every eligible student will receive an FSEOG award.

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:

  • Parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and;
  • Student was less than 24 years or age or enrolled in a postsecondary program at the time of the parent or guardian’s death. These students are identified through the Department of Defense match conducted through the FAFSA. 

State Grant Programs

State Grants are provided to students based on merit, need and even areas of study by their state of residence. For more information, students should contact their state’s postsecondary or higher education commissions directly.

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The Governor’s Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible high school graduates or recent high school graduates who meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible for a Federal Pell Grant
  • New Hampshire resident
  • Must be a first time college student
  • Continuous full time enrollment in a degree program (12 credits per semester  in fall and spring semesters with no time off other than summer off).
  • Not have been adjudicated or convicted or pled guilty or nolo contndere to any felonies or any second or subsequent alcohol or drug related offenses under the laws of this or any other state, or under the United States, except that an otherwise eligible person who has been adjudicated delinquent or has been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a second or subsequent alcohol or drug related misdemeanor offence shall be eligible or continue to be eligible for a scholarship after the expiration of one academic year from the date of adjudication, conviction, or plea.
  • Graduated from a New Hampshire high school or obtained a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate based on the HiSet tests no more than 3 years prior to his or her application for a scholarship.
  • Students with the NH Scholars designation will be eligible for $2,000 annually, others will be eligible for $1,000 for up to four years. NH Scholars must maintain a 2.5 GPA for annual renewal, all others must maintain a 2.0.
  • Awards are renewable based on the initial program enrollment. Students pursing a bachelor’s degree will have 4 years of eligibility while students pursing an associated degree will have 2 two years of eligibility. ‘
  • If the student loses the award for any reason, it will not be reinstated.
  • Awards are limited and not guaranteed to all eligible students.

The UNIQUE programs provide increased, equal access and choice for deserving, high-need New Hampshire residents seeking the benefits of postsecondary education at a New Hampshire institution.

UNIQUE Endowment

The annual award is up to $500 per semester and is only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a New Hampshire resident
  • Have a Pell grant eligible EFC
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program
  • Not have a prior bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Must not be a USNH employee using a tuition waiver
  • Amount may change based on enrollment status at the census date of each term
UNIQUE Allocation

The annual award is up to $750 per semester and is only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. Awards are based on available funding and the UNH College of Professional Studies cannot guarantee every eligible student will receive a UNIQUE Allocation Scholarship. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a New Hampshire resident
  • Have a 0 EFC
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate program
  • Not have a prior bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Have the application process completed by filing the FAFSA before the deadline of January 31
  • Must not be a USNH employee using a tuition waiver
  • Amount may change based on enrollment status at the census date of each term