Federal Grants

Each year, Helena College helps students receive millions of dollars from the federal government. The following grants use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine need. They are reserved for students with the highest financial need. This is separate from scholarships, which can be merit-based. They do not have to be paid back as long as you stay in school and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.


Pell Grant

For eligible undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Amounts vary depending on eligibility.  For the 2024-2025 academic year, the Pell Grant amounts are estimated to range from $740 to $7,395, if eligible.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Priority goes to Pell Grant recipients who demonstrate exceptional financial need as defined by the FAFSA, and have a zero Student Aid Index (SAI). The number of recipients depends on the availability of funds. These funds are also awarded based upon the submission date of the student's FAFSA for both fall and spring terms, closest to the Montana priority date (December 1st) are more likely to receive this grant.

For the most up-to-date information on federal grants and scholarships for which you may be eligible to receive, visit StudentAid.gov


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