Grants are considered gift aid and do not require repayment. Students are automatically considered for federal grants when submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid).
The following federal grants are available to eligible undergraduate students at DigiPen.
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.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a non-need-based grant available to any undergraduate student whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Recipients must either have been less than 24 years of age or enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of their parent or guardian’s death. If a student is not eligible for the Pell Grant, the IASG entitles the student to receive an amount equal to the maximum Pell Grant. If the student is eligible for a partial Pell Grant, the IASG may qualify the student for an increase in funds up to the maximum Pell Grant.
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.
State grant assistance from other states 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.