What is Smart Education Grants?
Are you a woman with an affinity for mathematics, computer science, engineering or technology?
Consider a Federal education grant program that is lesser known than the PELL grant, called the National SMART Grant. (The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant). This is a grant for women students, as well as male students.
How to Qualify for the SMART Education Grants?
This special grant is available to students who are in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies in the following disciplines: computer science, math, technology, engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and some foreign languages.
For the 2009-2010 school year, the approved list includes such degrees as computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biophysics, microbiology, genetics, behavioral biology, programs that focus on natural resources and conservation and certain psychology programs.
The student must be attending at least half-time, must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their course work and must be currently enrolled in the classes required for the intended major. If the student is in a five year program, the SMART education grants could be used in the fifth year of studies.
How Much Does a SMART Education Grants Recipient Receive?
This grant provides up to $4,000 per year of eligibility. This financial assistance is in addition to any monies received through the PELL grant program. If the PELL grant award, added to the SMART grant award, exceeds the actual costs for the student, the amount is reduced accordingly.
Plan Now – Reap the Rewards Later
Although this program is not a financial aid option for women just beginning their college education, it is certainly something to strive for in your third year of studies. Remember, you need to have a grade point average of 3.0 at the end of your second full year of studies, in order to avail the smart education grants.