The following information on the Federal Grant Programs is meant to give you a brief overview of the programs available at the School of Mines. Detailed information is available from the U.S. Department of Education publication Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid.
To be considered for the Federal Grant Programs, students must file a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA each year. You must be a degree-seeking student at the School of Mines in order to be awarded aid of any type. These programs are available to undergraduate students only.
Pell Grant: Available only to undergraduate students. Your Pell Grant award is based on the Expected Family Contribution listed on your Student Aid Report and full-time attendance. However, the actual amount that will be applied to your account will be based on your enrollment status as of the final add/drop date each semester. If you are not enrolled in at least 12 credit hours as of the final add/drop date, an adjustment will be made to the amount of Pell Grant funds applied to your account. As a result, you could have an unpaid balance due on your account. Students enrolled less than half time may be eligible.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): Available only to undergraduate students. This is a limited funded Federal program with awarding priority given to Pell Grant recipients who show financial need through the FAFSA and have filed their FAFSA on January 1 (prior to the fall semester the student will be attending Mines) and thereafter until funds are exhausted for the award year. Recipients must be attending at least half-time in order to actually receive the funds awarded. In an effort to make this program available to as many students as possible, the maximum award at SDSM&T is generally $500.
Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP, formerly known as the State Student Incentive Grant Program): This program is awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate SD residents who are enrolled full time, file a new FAFSA each year, are Pell Grant eligible, have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent (GED) and fully meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (students on Financial Aid Probation and Suspension will not be considered for this program). Awards range from $100 to $500. Students determined eligible are notified by the Financial Aid Office via their original or revised award letter.