Grants and Scholarships

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.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74) 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.  For more information on the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) visit:  Pell LEU.  If you have any questions related to your Pell Grant eligibility, please contact Enrollment Services. For more information on Pell Grants visit: Pell Grant Information

New for Summer 2018- Year Round Pell Grant

Students that are eligible for a Pell Grant for 2017-18 may be eligible to receive an additional Pell Grant award, up to 150% of their Pell Grant Scheduled award, in the Summer of 2018.  Students must be enrolled at least half-time (minimum of 6 credits) for the summer term. Please note that any Pell Grant received will be included in determining the student’s maximum Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) calculation which limits students to 600% or 12 full time semesters.  To view your Pell LEU percentage, visit:  The LEU calculation will be found on the Financial Aid Review page.

There is no need for a separate financial aid application for a Year Round Pell Grant.  Your Year Round Pell Grant summer eligibility will be determined by Enrollment Services and posted to your financial aid award if applicable.

Year Round Pell Grant Fact Sheet

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.

SEOG Information

University 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 2016-2017 has been completed.

URI Foundation Scholarship List


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.

TEACH Grant Information

Athletic Scholarships
Athletic Financial Aid Appeal Policy and Procedures

Other Scholarship and Grant Resources

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College Planning Center of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Scholarships

The Rhode Island Foundation

Student Child Care Assistance Grants


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