Office of Student Financial Planning

Financial Assistance Programs

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to post secondary education. For many students, the Pell grant is the cornerstone of their financial aid package. To be considered for this grant, students must fill out the FAFSA .

  • Available to undergraduate students pursuing their first undergraduate degree and not enrolled in a professional program. Students with a prior bachelor’s degree cannot be considered.
  • Students must also be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Grant Limits 

  • Awards ranged from $648 to $6,345 during the 2020-2021 academic year depending on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the FAFSA. The closer to zero the EFC, the larger the possible award.

Required Credits

  • To receive the maximum award (100%) you must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester.
  • If enrolling in 9 to 11 credit hours per semester, you may receive up to 75% of the maximum award.
  • If enrolling in 6 to 8 credit hours per semester, you may receive up to 50% of the maximum award.
  • A minimum award may be made for students enrolled in less than six credits per term.
  • Pell Grant is paid by the semester, one-half of the annual award for fall term and one-half for spring term. If a student attends less than full-time both semesters or only attends one term, they may have Pell eligibility for the following summer term.
  • Pell Grant is credited to the student’s account no sooner than the first day of the semester or as soon as the award is ready.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) 

Federal grant program for undergraduate students with exceptional need and can be awarded from $500 to $1,500 per year. To be considered for this grant, students must fill out the FAFSA.         


The TEACH grant program provides additional funding to students who are interested in careers in Teaching. This is a grant which requires certain conditions to be met to avoid repayment. If recipients do not complete their service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and repaid to the U.S. Department of Education. For more information please visit

Teaching Service Obligation – As a TEACH Grant Recipient, you must agree to:

TEACH Grant Amount
  • Provides up to $4,000 per scheduled award year ($16,000 total for an undergraduates; $8,000 for graduates). If you are enrolled less than full-time (12 credits for undergraduates; 10 credits for graduates) you will receive a pro-rated amount.
  • Please note: the amount of the TEACH grant is considered a resource toward determining your eligibility for other aid.
Eligibility Requirements
  • You must complete the FAFSA, but financial need is not required.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of a least 3.25 at time of disbursement. New transfer students must have at least a 3.25 cumulative transfer GPA.
  • You must receive initial, subsequent and exit counseling. The counseling requirement will be online and will cover your rights and responsibilities as a recipient.
  • You must sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) every year before the grant can be disbursed. The ATS specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded and the teaching service requirements listed above. In signing, you are acknowledging that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you will repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.

Steps to Apply

  1. Be admitted to the HPU School of Education in the Teacher Education Program
  2. Notify HPU Financial Planning Office that you plan to participate
  3. Complete TEACH Grant Initial Counseling online at
  4. Financial Planning office will mail you a revised award letter showing the addition of the TEACH Grant
  5. Complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) online at

State Grants – NC Need-Based Scholarship

Created by the 2011 North Carolina General Assembly, this is a need-based program for NC residents attending private institutions of higher education located in North Carolina

Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a North Carolina resident as determined by the State of North Carolina through the Residency Determination System (RDS) website at within 30 days of the start of the first semester that funding is awarded
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student in at least 9 credit hours at a qualifying private North Carolina campus
  • Demonstrate a certain level of financial need based on calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA
    • for the 2019-2020 academic year students are required to have an EFC of $15,000 or less and an annual family income below $155,000 to be eligible
  • Meet requirements for the Federal Pell Grant (except the EFC range restrictions)

Award amounts vary depending on the EFC and ranged from $1,100 to $8,340 during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Application Procedure
Applicants must complete the FAFSA, listing at least one qualifying private North Carolina institution. Consideration for the grant is automatic once the FAFSA is filed.

The grant will appear on your financial aid award letter and to receive the grant you must complete the questionnaire on the Residency Determination System (RDS) website for the State of North Carolina at within 30 days of the start of the first semester that funding is awarded.

The RDS will ask students (and parent(s) or spouse as applicable) to provide their social security number as an identifier to be able to verify information with federal and state agencies to determine residency status. You will also be asked to provide residence information, federal and state tax return information, vehicle registration and driver’s license information. Once you start the RDS interview you will have 25 days to complete the interview, otherwise it will be canceled and you will have to start again. Once the interview is complete the system will immediately let you know whether or not you have NC residency status. You will also receive a Residency Certification Number (RCN) that is a unique 10 digit identifier that serves as proof that you have completed residency determination. Once you have a determination made through the RDS website, it will last as long as you remain continuously enrolled at High Point University and continue to demonstrate need to receive the NC Need-Based Scholarship.

Institutional Need-Based Grants

High Point University awards need based grants based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA, student’s academic profile, and amount of other institutional, federal, state or outside scholarships and grants awarded to the student. Many of these monies are funded by endowed scholarships made possible by our many gracious donors.


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