Students are automatically considered for federal grants when submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid). For even more information on specific federal grants, visit www.studentaid.ed.gov or contact the DigiPen Office of Financial Aid.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need. These need-based grants are the main source of free federal money for college students and are awarded to all undergraduate students who qualify. The amount a student can receive is determined by a student’s FAFSA and enrollment status. Pell-grant eligible students who have a Title IV credit balance refund at the beginning of each semester will receive their refund within seven days in order to obtain necessary books and supplies.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG helps students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. FSEOG is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA early.
Washington College Grant
The Washington College Grant program helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone their skills, or retrain for new careers. For the purpose of determining the grant amount, DigiPen is considered a private four-year college.
The Washington College Grant maintains a separate Satisfactory Academic Progress policy that must be met to be eligible for the grant. For more details, contact DigiPen’s Office of Financial Aid.
Washington State Opportunity Grant
DigiPen participates in the Washington State Opportunity Grant program. The goal of the Opportunity Grant is to help low-income adults reach the “educational tipping point” and beyond in high-wage, high-demand careers. Students who demonstrate financial need and who are entering one of the following degree programs are eligible for this grant:
State Grant Assistance from Other States
Other state grants may be available to out-of-state students who attend DigiPen. Students are encouraged to research state grant opportunities in their state to maximize their financial aid options.
Federal Grants Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The economic fallout from COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the finances of students and their families. We have heard from many students who are facing uncertainty in their ability to fund their education. We are doing everything we can to alleviate some of these concerns, including offering new sources of financial assistance (both through federal funding and DigiPen itself) and streamlining the process to apply for financial aid.
Applications for financial aid will continue to be administered on the current deadline schedule. Students who have found that their financial situation has changed may qualify for new and expanded sources of funding for their education at DigiPen — in particular, the Bridge Scholarship and the Shield Scholarship.
For details related to how DigiPen utilized funding from the CARES Act, CRRSAA, and the ARP, please see: COVID-19 Federal Grant Details and contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.
COVID-19 Emergency Grant
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is authorized by the Supplemental Appropriations Act that was signed in December 2020. DigiPen was allocated a portion of these funds to make financial aid grants to students who are in need due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to be eligible for these funds, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have financial need
- Have expenses related to your cost of attendance or related to the COVID-19 pandemic