Outside scholarships are an often-neglected source of potential assistance. Businesses, social service agencies, foundations, unions, associations, religious groups, fraternal organizations, trusts and municipal institutions determine recipients of scholarships, fellowships, loans, awards, grants, internships, and prizes. Early planning is essential; each program has pertinent deadlines, qualifications and requirements. Students and parents should begin as soon as October in advance of the upcoming school year to investigate scholarship possibilities.
Student athletes at Fort Lewis College may receive a maximum award of tuition, fees, room, board and an allowance for books. Most athletic scholarships are for a lesser amount. Sources of funding include the Athletic Department, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE), and monies held by the Fort Lewis College Foundation. The student-athlete must be a Colorado resident for tuition purposes and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average to receive CCHE funds. Contact the head coach of the sport you wish to participate in about athletic awards.
Federal Pell Grant
The federal Pell Grant is for undergraduate students who demonstrate high financial need on their FAFSA. Students who have completed the FAFSA process are automatically considered for the Pell Grant. Pell Grants range from $602 to $5,730 (these amounts are subjest to change year to year.) Students attending less than full-time may receive a proportionately reduced Federal Pell Grant.
Lifetime Pell Grant Limits
Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Here are a few facts you need to know:
- If you have attended college for four years or longer, receiving the Pell Grant each year, you are likely to exhaust or have already exhausted your lifetime limit of 12 semesters of Pell Grant eligibility during your academic career.
- If you have attended college and received the Pell Grant for 3 years or less you will likely not surpass the lifetime limit during the current school year.
- Whether you have used all of your Pell Grant eligibility or only half, please be conscious about the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant when changing majors and/or scheduling classes.
- You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging in NSLDS.ed.gov. Your lifetime eligibility used percentage will be displayed in the “Grants” section.
For more information on how lifetime eligibility is calculated, visit: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell/calculate-eligibility
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This federal grant is awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Federal Pell Grant recipients have first priority for this award. Early applicants who have completed the FAFSA process are automatically considered for the FSEOG grant. Awards range from $200 to $2,000 per academic year.
Colorado State Grant
The State of Colorado provides this grant to Colorado residents based on financial need. We automatically consider early applicants who have completed the FAFSA process for this grant. Awards are approximately $2,000 per academic year.
First Generation Student Grant
Fort Lewis College automatically considers early applicants who have completed the FAFSA process. The grant is awarded to Colorado residents who are first-degree seeking, full-time, incoming frehsmen, and neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree. Awards are limited. Awards are $2,000 per academic year.
Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Grant –
The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship (BOS) is designed to benefit motivated non-traditional students who recognize the power of education to create a better life for themselves and their families. This scholarship is funded by the Daniel’s Fund and administered by the Office of Financial Aid at Fort Lewis College. Under the current Daniel’s Fund BOS grant cycle, Fort Lewis College is providing a $2,000 scholarship to five BOS scholars for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. If grant funding is renewed, applications will be solicited in early 2015 for a new cohort of recipients. Applicants must be adult learners who are participants of either the Program for Academic Advancement or STEM3 Programs at Fort Lewis College. For additional information about the Daniel's Fund go to: http://www.danielsfund.org/home.asp