Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell grant is a need-based grant awarded to undergraduate students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree only. Eligibility is based on federal methodology and Pell lifetime eligibility usage limits. The award amounts for the 2019-2020 academic year range from $657 to $6,195, are subject to Congressional appropriations, and will be reduced for students who enroll as less than full time students each semester. If your award letter shows an "estimated" Pell Grant, it means your final official FAFSA has not been received by our office.

A student's initial Pell Grant award anticipates full-time enrollment. Per federal regulation, the enrollment status at the time of the Pell Recalculation Date (PRD) will determine what percentage of the Pell award is applied to the student's account. Any student falling below full-time enrollment will have their aid adjusted appropriately. Mercer strongly encourages students to finalize their course schedule BEFORE the PRD and avoid making schedule changes affecting enrollment status until AFTER the PRD.

Federal regulation also requires students to begin attendance in all coursework included in Pell enrollment status. Students who fail to begin attendance in all courses included in the enrollment status calculation will have their Pell Grant adjusted and will be responsible for repaying the University for any excess Pell funds received.

Pell Recalculation Dates 2019-2020

Mercer University's PRD is the preliminary census date at the beginning of each semester which is the 15th class day.  The dates listed below are for the traditional Macon, Regional Academic Centers, Atlanta, and traditional Nursing calendars.

Fall 2019 - September 4, 2019 (term begin date August, 17, 2020*)

Spring 2020 - January 22, 2020 (term begin date January 6, 2020*)

*Programs with alternative term begin dates may have alternate PRD's.

Any student who initially enrolls after the PRD and has a FAFSA already on file will receive their scheduled Pell award based on their enrollment status at the time of disbursement. A student beginning during session 2 will receive the appropriate Pell award based on their enrollment status on the session 2 scheduled disbursement date. If a student completes the FAFSA after the PRD, the student will be awarded Pell based on their enrollment status at the time the FAFSA is received.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a need-based grant awarded to qualified undergraduate students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree only. Eligibility is based on the availability of funds and the federal methodology using information you and your parent(s) provided on the FAFSA. Priority is given to students who have a Pell-eligible EFC of 0 and who meet priority filing deadlines.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH)

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4000 per year to student who intend to teach in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.  As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.  IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.  You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Eduation (ED).  You will be charged interest from the day the grant was disbursed.

Applications for the TEACH grant can be downloaded here and must be returned to the Office of Student Financial Planning for review.