SMART grants for college students

Here’s an opportunity for a number of college students to get some money for college: The
National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (a.k.a. National SMART Grant). This is a federal grant program for full-time college undergraduates in the third and fourth year of a major in “physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, or engineering or in a foreign language determined critical to national security.” A full list of undergraduate degree programs is available here (PDF). Students must be US citizens, must already have a Pell grant, must have a 3.0 GPA minimum, and must be full-time undergraduates in a four-year college or university to be eligible. The grant amount is $4000 and can be awarded in each of the third and fourth years of study.

Evidently, the US Department of Education had money left over last year from this program because not enough students applied for it. (More on that later.) I’d never heard of this program until a few minutes ago, so perhaps the problem is in the advertising. Also, the requirement of having a pre-existing Pell grant is a little restrictive. But I can think of several students who’d be eligible for this nonetheless.

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