Types of Aid: Grants

There are two types of federal and state student aid grants available.

Find out more about:

  • Federal Pell Grants, unlike a loan, do not have to be repaid. Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2019-2020 award year is scheduled to be $6,195. You can receive one Pell Grant in an award year. How much you receive will depend on your cost of attendance, whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. You may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time. Pell Grant funds will be credited to your expenses in the registration process in the Business Services office.
     
  • You must submit a FAFSA each year to be considered for an award.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need-those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution numbers.
  • Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for FSEOG awards.
  • FSEOG awards range from $100 to $2,000 a year.
  • Your FAFSA should be submitted by Northern’s priority deadline of February 7th of each year to be considered for an award.
  • Montana Access Scholarships (MACS) are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need-those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution numbers. Eligible recipients must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a Montana resident
  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled at a qualifying campus in a certificate, associate, or first bachelor’s degree program;
  • Must file an annual FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible (awarded to lowest EFC first); Pell eligibility includes those students who are Pell eligible but have exhausted their lifetime usage limits;
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits/semester); OR part-time (6+ credits/semester) in a certificate or 2-year program AND is 25+ years of age;
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as determined by their campus; and
  • Must meet the federal Title IV selective service registration requirements.