Grants

 

Grants, unlike loans, are a form of ‘gift’ aid and do not have to be repaid.  They do require a student to show financial need.

Federal Grants

The federal government offers Federal Pell Grants to needy undergraduate students, and are the foundation of a student’s financial aid package.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Federal SEOG) is another federal grant that is awarded by Purdue University Calumet to further assist needy Pell Grant recipients.

Indiana State Grants

The Indiana Commission of Higher Education’s Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA) [Opens in New Window]  offers the Frank O’Bannon Grant and the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program to Indiana residents who qualify.

Students who receive state financial aid for the first time during the 2013-2014 academic year or thereafter will be required to meet certain completion requirements to renew state financial aid awards in subsequent years. This includes students who first started school prior to July 1, 2013 but receive their first state awards after that date.

To renew a base Frank O’Bannon Grant, a student must complete at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent by the end of the first year in college, 48 or the equivalent by the end of the second year and 72 or the equivalent by the end of the third year.

To renew a 21st Century Scholarship, a student must complete at least 30 credit hours or the equivalent by the end of the first year in college, 60 or the equivalent by the end of the second year and 90 or the equivalent by the end of the third year.

To renew a Part Time Grant a student must complete at least 18 credit hours or the equivalent by the end of the year.

A year begins with the first semester the student receives the grant and extends through the next two terms (fall, spring, summer; spring, summer, fall).

Students who fail to meet the credit completion requirements due to extenuating circumstances may file an appeal with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Division of Student Financial Aid.

The Frank O’Bannon grant requires recipients who are first entering college in the 2013-14 academic year to complete 30 credit hours their first year, 60 credit hours by the end of their second year and 90 credit hours by the end of their third year in order to maintain full eligibility for the Frank O’Bannon grant.  Students who do not complete the 30, 60, or 90 credit hours but complete 24 credit hours their first year, 48 credit hours by the end of their second year and 72 credit hours by the end of their third year will be remain eligible for the Frank O’Bannon grant but at a reduced award amount. 

The 21st Century Scholars award recipients who are first entering college for the 2013-14 academic year must complete 30 credit hours their first year, 60 credit hours by the end of their second year and 90 credit hours by the end of their third year in order to maintain eligibility for the 21st Century Scholars award.  Students who do not complete the required 30, 60 or 90 credit hours will lose their 21st Century Scholars eligibility.  However, they may be considered for a Frank O’Bannon grant if they meet O’Bannon Grant eligibility requirements and complete at least 24 credit hours during their first year, 48 credit hours by the end of their second year and 72 credit hours by the end of their third year.  21st Century Scholars can get further assistance with the program at the 21st Century Scholars Collegiate Support Program at Purdue Calumet by visiting their website at http://webs.purduecal.edu/tfcs/.