Grants are "free money" that is not paid back. They are awarded based on need. An exception is the TEACH Grant, as noted below.

Program Description Eligibility Amount Terms
Federal Pell Grant Federally awarded grant Based on financial need; maximum lifetime limit of 6 full-time Pell awards
Up to $5,920 Part-time students will have grant adjusted based on credit hours
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) Federal grant money awarded by UC Must be Pell eligible; early FAFSA application Ranges from $900 to $1,200 At least half-time enrollment
TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Federal grant awarded by UC Non-need-based; 3.2 GPA and  eligible education major*; requires annual counseling and service agreement Up to $4,000 annually for max of $16,000 undergrad and $8,000 grad Part-time students will have grant adjusted based on credit hours; completion of specific service requirement to avoid grant becoming a loan
Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)


State awarded grant

Must be Ohio resident; based on financial need and Uptown (non-regional) campus program; October 1 deadline date; maximum receipt for 5 years
$1296 for 2015-16; $1048 for 2014-15


Part-time students will have grant adjusted based on credit hours; restricted to tuition 
University Need Grant UC-based funds Based on financial need, other aid, and Uptown (non-regional) campus program; consideration through sophomore year only Ranges from $300 to $3,200 At least half-time enrollment
Cincinnati Pride Grant UC-based funds Must be first-time college student (or direct transfer from Cincinnati State after attending direct from high school), Pell eligible and graduate of a Cincinnati Public School with minimum 2.20 GPA Combines with other grants and scholarships to cover cost of tuition and a book allowance Renewable for up to 4 years as long as student maintains Pell eligibility and continuous academic year full-time enrollment


  • Must be admitted into a degree program to receive a grant.
  • Grants, except TEACH, are limited to students who do not have a bachelor's degree.
  • Eligibility criteria subject to change; maximum amounts are estimates and dependent upon sufficient funding.
  • Early FAFSA application means limited funding; awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is depleted.