Pacific Grants are awarded to undergraduates enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences based on a student’s demonstrated financial need. Award amounts vary. To be eligible, students must file a FAFSA annually and demonstrate need. Pacific Grants are available for up to four years. In many cases, the Pacific Grant is funded by endowment earnings or restricted gifts from donors.
Federal Pell Grants
The U.S. Department of Education determines a student’s eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, based on the information a student submits annually on the FAFSA. Federal Pell Grants are available for up to six years of undergraduate study. Award amounts vary.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
The Federal SEOG program is funded by the federal government and administered by Pacific University. At Pacific, this grant is awarded to Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Award amounts vary.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants
TEACH Grants are funded by the federal government and are available to degree-seeking students who are planning to become “highly qualified” teachers in a federally defined high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. Recipients must submit a FAFSA and maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. Awards range up to $3,728 per year. Students who do not complete the required years of teaching service will be required to repay the grant as though it had been a federal loan that began accruing interest at disbursement. TEACH Grants are not initially awarded by the Financial Aid Office; students interested in the TEACH Grant program should contact the Pacific University Financial Aid Office.
Oregon Opportunity Grants
The State of Oregon determines eligibility for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, based on the information submitted on the FAFSA. Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students who are Oregon residents. Eligibility is based on a standardized formula that considers income, assets, and other resources. Award amount is $2,250.
Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program
Pacific participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program, providing grant funding on a first-come, first-served basis to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces (or their eligible dependents) who receive full Chapter 33 benefits. Award amounts are typically equal to 50 percent of the difference between the tuition assistance that Chapter 33 provides and the student’s tuition. All institutional gift aid, including merit scholarships and need-based grants, are part of Pacific's Yellow Ribbon contribution. The Veterans Administration provides matching funds equal to the remaining 50 percent.