Grants Offered at Fort Lewis College

Grants are awarded by a number of organizations including Fort Lewis College, the State of Colorado, and the Federal Government. They are considered "free" money which doesn’t need to be repaid. In order to qualify for most grant programs you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The types of awards offered each year are based on availability of funds.

Colorado State Grant

The State of Colorado provides this grant to Colorado residents based upon financial need.  We automatically consider early applicants who have completed the FAFSA process.  Award offers can range with a maximum amount of $2,000 per academic year.

Institutional Need-Based Grant

Fort Lewis College provides this grant to Colorado residents, first-degree seeking, full-time students, who have financial need. We automatically consider early applicants who have completed the FAFSA process. The number of awards and the amounts are determined each year based on availability of funds.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program is for undergraduate students with high financial need. Students who have completed the FAFSA process are automatically considered for the Pell Grant.  Pell Grants range from $602 to $5,730 depending on the student's expenses and resources.  Part-time students 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:

 1.    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.

 2.    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.

 3.    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.

 4.    You may view your percentage of Pell Grant used by logging in Your lifetime eligibility used percentage will be displayed in the “Grants” section.

For more information on how lifetime eligibility is calculated, visit:

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

We award this federal grant 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.

First Generation Student Grant Award

The College's goal to expand the diversity of its student body is supported through this program.  Its purpose is to encourage participation in higher education by first generation college students and to promote diversity in the College's student population. A "first generation college student" is defined as a student who comes from a family where neither natural parent has earned a bachelor's degree.  Recipient must be: a CO resident; incoming freshman, full-time, degree-seeking student; neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree; must maintain 2.00 cumulative FLC GPA and must complete 12-credit hours per term.  Funding for this program is very limited; the Office of Financial aid automatically awards this grant until funding is gone.  Completion of the FAFSA is required. Renewal is automatic for 8 terms of continuous attendance (excluding summer) if eligibility criteria are met, amount is $2,000 per academic year.