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.
DigiPen Momentum Program
The Momentum Program includes financial assistance directly from DigiPen as well as funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by the federal government. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides funding directly to matriculated/enrolled students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. These grants can be used for eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. In order to be eligible for the HEERF portion of these funds, students must complete a FAFSA, be eligible for Title IV aid, and complete a separate application. Students not eligible for Title IV aid can still receive retake tuition coverage (for Emergency Withdrawal and Emergency No Credit grades from the spring 2020 semester) under the Momentum Program.
The DigiPen Momentum Program is open to current/matriculated students only. (See also: Momentum Program Details)
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.
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.