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Federal and State Grants

Grants are often called "gift aid" because they are free money – financial aid that does not have to be repaid. 

Federal Grants

Federal Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG), and the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

These grant are awarded to eligible undergraduate students, working toward their first bachelor’s degree, who meet student eligibility criteria based upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and other school-determined eligibility criteria that Linfield will confirm upon enrollment. 

Federal Pell Grant 

The Federal Pell Grant amount depends on federal legislative funding. You will be notified on your FAFSA® output document if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.

The final amount of your Federal Pell Grant offered from Linfield is calculated each semester based on:

  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from your FAFSA®
  • Your program
  • And Linfield’s cost of attendance

You are not eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant from more than one college for the same period of time.

The Office of Financial Aid will utilize information from the federal government to monitor annual and maximum Federal Pell Grant eligibility.

  • Annual amount must not exceed 100% of the scheduled award, however beginning with 2017-2018 academic year the annual amount must not exceed 150% of the scheduled award.
  • For a student to be eligible for Pell Grant funds within the annual year beyond 100%, they must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of six credits).
  • The maximum lifetime eligibility used must not exceed 600%.

The Office of Financial Aid will review the transfer student's Federal Pell Grant history to ensure that the student stays within the annual and aggregate maximum eligibility when determining award amounts per semester. The Federal Pell Grant program grants money directly from the federal government to eligible students.

Find out more information on federal grants.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

The IASG is contingent on federal legislative funding.

Eligibility for this non-need-based federal grant program is determined by:

  • Submitting your FAFSA®
  • Your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001
  • You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent's or guardian's death
  • And are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Award amounts are determined by federal law and additional conditions apply.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a need-based campus-based federal grant program.

According to government standards, Linfield University awards this grant on a funds-available basis to students with exceptional financial need who also have a Federal Pell Grant.

TEACH Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is available to Linfield education and pre-education majors. The award amount is up to $4,000* annually and is not based on financial need.

To participate in this program students are required to:

  • Meet eligibility requirements by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Meet Linfield's school-determined student eligibility requirements
  • Adhere to an academic standard GPA of 3.25 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Review the TEACH Grant Application for Linfield form for alternate academic requirements for incoming freshman or transfer students
  • Serve as a highly-qualified teacher in a designated high-need field at a low-income school for four years within eight years of completing a TEACH Grant eligible program
    • Failure to complete this teaching service will result in the TEACH Grant being converted to an Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan with retroactive interest

Required TEACH Grant applications and forms

Is a TEACH Grant right for you?

The Office of Financial Aid recommends reviewing the following resources provided by the U.S. Department of Education to help you determine if the TEACH Grant is the right fit for you:

Annual award amounts

*The statutory maximum scheduled award amount for a year is $4,000. However, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which implemented automatic federal budget cuts, known as a “sequester.” Due to the sequester, TEACH Grant awards have been reduced. See the chart below:

Award Year Impacted Awards Statutory Maximum Scheduled Award Amount Percentage Reduction from Statutory Award Amount Dollar Reduction Amount Adjusted Maximum Scheduled Award Amount
2019-2020 First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 and Before October 1, 2020 (FY 2020 Sequester) $4,000 5.90% $236 $3,764
2019-2020 First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 and Before October 1, 2020 (FY 2019 Sequester) $4,000 6.20% $248 $3,752
2018-2019 First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2018 and Before October 1, 2019 (FY 2019 Sequester) $4,000 6.20% $248 $3,752

State grants

Visit your state's website for state grants. 

Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)

Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is administered by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). OSAC operates under the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

Oregon residents filing FAFSA® are automatically considered if the student lists an eligible Oregon college and meets the OSAC eligibility criteria. Oregon students not eligible to complete the FAFSA® should complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).

The amount of your award is strictly an estimate and contingent on state funding.