Grants are gifts of money that do not have to be earned or repaid. To apply for grants offered by the Office of Financial Aid, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
For information on the financial aid application process, refer to our Step-by-Step Process web page.
The U.S. Department of Education website has additional information on grant programs.
Delaware State University encourages students to file the 2020-2021 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2019. The filing deadline for priority consideration was December 1, 2019. After a student is admitted into DSU, the FAFSA information is reviewed and the student’s financial aid eligibility is determined. Students are considered for grants and scholarships before employment and loans.
Offers are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some financial aid programs may be depleted for the upcoming academic year.
More detailed financial aid application information is available on our Step-by-Step Process web page. Students will automatically be considered for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, and IMAGES, if they have filed the FAFSA for the appropriate academic year.
Federal Pell Grant
This federal need-based grant is offered to the most needy students, determined by filing the FAFSA. Only undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree are eligible. The amounts vary each academic year depending on program funding, number of hours for which the student is enrolled, and the expected family contribution. The maximum 2019-2020 academic year offer for a full-time student is $6,195. Less than half-time enrollment is allowed in certain circumstances.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This federal need-based grant is offered to students with exceptional financial need, determined by filing the FAFSA, and is offered on a first-come first-served basis. Only undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree are eligible. You must be enrolled at least half-time (six hours per semester) and may receive this grant for a maximum of eight semesters.