What are Grants?
Grants are a form of financial assistance that do not have to be repaid. (For exceptions please see R2T4 Policy)
The Pell Grant is a federally-funded grant awarded to students with high financial need and may be combined with other forms of assistance in order to meet a student’s need. Eligibility for the Pell Grant is determined by the Department of Education based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Effective July 1, 2012 students are limited to six full years (12 semesters/600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their Pell Grant. If a student attends full time and receives all of the Pell Grant for the year, they will have used 100% of their Pell eligibility for the year. Pell amounts will be pro-rated for part-time enrollment. Students who have already use 600% of their Pell Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant (as of Summer 2012). There are no exceptions to this regulation. Students with 500-600% LEU status may have limited Pell eligibility for the current year.
To view your Pell Grant LEU log into http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federally-funded grant available on a limited basis to students who demonstrate high financial need, low expected family contribution (EFC), and are Pell Grant recipients. Due to the limited amount of funding for the FSEOG, a student must apply by the priority processing deadline to receive consideration for the FSEOG.
Federal Veterans Educational Programs
Veterans, spouses, and dependents that are eligible to receive veterans’ benefits should contact their local County Service Officer or online at gibill.va.gov to apply for their educational benefits. Once the veteran, spouse or dependent of the veteran receives their Certificate of Eligibility, they should provide Nicolet’s Financial Aid Office with a copy of their DD 214 (veteran), Certificate of Eligibility (veteran, spouse, or dependent), and a copy of their semester course schedule to initiate their monthly educational benefits.
Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Grant (FFWS)
The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Grant is for full-time Wisconsin resident undergraduate students who graduated from a Wisconsin public high school after June of 2008. Selection criteria are established by the donor, but students must be Pell Grant recipients and have remaining unmet need in order to be eligible. Students may continue to receive the FFWS for up to 10 consecutive semesters. Eligibility is maintained if adequate academic progress is made, and degree completion is expected. The Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) will randomly identify recipients from a list of eligible students provided by Nicolet College. Maximum grant is $1,800 per year.
Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Stipend
The Fund for Wisconsin Scholars Stipend provides additional funds to Nicolet College for the purpose of providing FFWS stipends to certain institution selected students. Only students that are not receiving and have not received a FFWS Grant can be awarded this grant. The amount will be determined by the Nicolet College Financial Aid Office based on the allocation given by FFWS.
Wisconsin State Programs
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Academic Excellence Scholarships are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin. The number of scholarships each high school is eligible for is based on total student enrollment. In order to receive a scholarship, a student must be enrolled on a full-time basis by September 30th of the academic year following the academic year in which he or she was designated as a scholar, at a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, or independent institution in the State. The value of the scholarship is $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition. Half of the scholarship is funded by the State, while the other half is matched by the institution. Eligibility must not exceed eight semesters.
Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant
The Talent Incentive Program Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity.
Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG)
The Wisconsin Higher Education Grant program provides grant assistance to undergraduate Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College System, or tribal institutions. Awards are based on financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.
Indian Student Assistance Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin residents who are at least 25% Native American and are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree or certificate programs at University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical Colleges, independent colleges and universities, tribal colleges, or proprietary institutions based in Wisconsin. Awards are based on financial need with a limit of ten semesters of eligibility.
Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant
Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College Institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U.S. after December 31, 1975. Awards are based on financial need, with a limit of eight semesters or twelve quarters.
Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant
The Handicapped Student Grant program was established to provide funding for undergraduate Wisconsin residents, enrolled at in-state or eligible out-of-state public or independent institutions that show financial need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment. Students are eligible to receive the grant for up to ten semesters.
Wisconsin Scholars Covenant Grant
The Wisconsin Covenant Scholars Grant was created by the State of Wisconsin to inspire young people to plan for a successful high school career that leads to higher education. The names of students who have signed the WI Covenant Pledge Form and followed guidelines outlined by the State will be forwarded to Nicolet College by the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB). The grant is available for up to four years (eight semesters) and amounts will be determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and each semester’s enrollment. The student must also meet the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards each term in order to continue to receive this grant.
General information regarding the Wisconsin Covenant Grant can be found on their website.
Wisconsin Nursing Student Loan Program
Nursing Student Loans are available to students accepted into either the Associate Degree Nursing or Licensed Practical Nursing programs. Students must be Wisconsin residents and demonstrate financial need as determined by completing the FAFSA. For nursing program graduates who become a licensed RN or LPN and work in Wisconsin for a least two years, 50% of this loan may be forgiven.