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National SMART Grant

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/SmartGrants.jsp

Who's Eligible: 3rd, 4th, and 5th year undergrads

Award Amount: Up to $4,000, renewable for up to 2 years

Due Date: The SMART Grant program was discontinued by the Department of Education beginning with the 2011-12 award year, but keep checking back for updates.


It is no secret that the US is lagging in math and science. This grant tries to eliminate that problem. Designed for students majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering or a critical foreign language (the complete list of eligible majors is available here), these government grants are designed to give motivated students a little financial help. To qualify, students must be attending college at least half time, be eligible for the Pell Grant, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. The first step to applying for a SMART Grant is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid available at fafsa.ed.gov.

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