Federal Pell Grants
These federally funded grants are awarded to needy students. The amount of your Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) noted on your Student Aid Report, the cost of attendance, and your enrollment status.
In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program. Beginning in Fall 2012, Students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students that are currently receiving the Pell Grant in the academic year 2011-2012 and have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Fall 2012. If you have any questions related to your Pell Grant eligibility, please contact Enrollment Services.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
These grants are for undergraduates with exceptional financial need, that is, students with the lowest expected family contribution. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.
The University provides funds for grants, such as the University Grant and Founders Grant, to several thousand students. Awards are made to students with satisfactory academic records and demonstrated financial need. You must file a FAFSA each year to be eligible for these grants. The amount of these grants may vary from year to year based on your FAFSA information. Note: The following examples may cause adjustments to your financial aid awards in type and amount: Residency changes (in state, out of state or regional designations), enrollment status, changes to your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), athletic awards, outside scholarships and and/or tuition waivers.
URI Foundation Loan Funds, Scholarships, and Awards
The University has many grants/scholarships provided by organizations, corporations, and alumni. Funding levels may vary from year to year. Most scholarships are chosen by the academic department and/or the Enrollment Services office if there is a financial need restriction. For General scholarships, chosen by Enrollment Services, please fill out the General Scholarship Application.
If you have any questions regarding a particular scholarship, please email Enrollment Services or contact the department directly. NOTE: Selection for Foundation scholarships for 2014-15 has been completed.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education grant program provides grants for students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If, after reading all of the information on the fact sheet, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the Enrollment Services office.
Other Scholarship and Grant Resources