The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Grant Application

Because Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federally funded grant program, the applicant must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and must be designated as eligible, based on financial need.  It’s easy to apply for FSEOG, but you need to know how to apply for FSEOG grants the right way.  Getting this free money for college takes some work, but the effort is well worth it.


The student need not complete any additional applications either through the Federal Government or through their college or university. Only undergraduate students are eligible for this award.

After the student and his/her family complete the FAFSA form, eligibility and award funding is managed by the same process as Pell Grants and other government grants. Students in high school often get the FAFSA form from their high school counseling office or they are instructed to complete the form online. Online application completion is the method preferred by the FAFSA organization, as it will speed the application and review process.

If you have already completed your FAFSA form, you will be notified if you are eligible for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and/or any other funding like Pell Grants, etc.

When you complete the FAFSA form for the first time, or update your form each year, as you progress through your college term, you will be asked to include information about parent or guardian income, financial need, grades, etc. This information is the foundation for the federal funding decision for each student.

If you have already completed a FAFSA application, be sure you update this form on an annual basis, so you will be considered for the FSEOG grant and other federally funded programs (

If you have not completed a FAFSA application, go to the website (, and complete your FAFSA application using the instructions provided in the “Fill out a FAFSA” section.

If you begin the online application form and you find you do not have all the information required, you can save what you have completed and come back to it at a later time. Among the information and items you will need to complete your application:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your driver’s license number, if you have a license
  • Your previous year W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
  • Yours and/or your spouse’s previous year Federal Income Tax Return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, foreign tax return, or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • Your parents’ previous year Federal Income Tax Return (if you are a dependent)
  • Your untaxed income, if any (Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, or veterans benefits records)
  • Your most recent bank statements
  • Your most recent business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Your alien registration number or permanent residence card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • If you need more information or a paper application, you can contact or call (800) 433-3243 or (800) 730-8913 for TTY for the hearing-impaired.

If you need help to complete your application, or have questions about the FAFSA or FSEOG process, you can contact the FAFSA organization by calling toll free, as follows: Federal Student Aid Information Center, 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

Good luck on your application!


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