Apply for a grant
What could be more helpful than financial support that you don't need to pay back? Read on for programs that will help you pay for college. And as always, we are here to help you navigate all of your options.
We strongly encourage you to complete a FAFSA and apply for any grant you may qualify for.
Pell grants are available to families with financial need and can offer up to $6,4195 each year. Fill out your FAFSA to see if you are eligible.
You must be pursuing your first bachelor’s and the awarded amount depends on various factors, including:
- Expected Family Contribution (EFC): Your EFC depends on your family’s taxable income, assets, and other factors. The resulting estimate is the amount that FAFSA expects your family will contribute to your education each filing period.
- Cost of Attendance (COA): A COA is an estimate of how much it costs to attend a university for a full academic year. This number is the sum of tuition, living expenses, and other reasonable costs you might incur over two semesters.
- Student status: The number of courses you are registered in will classify you as a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students are registered for at least 12 units, and will generally receive more Pell Grant funding.
- Planned length of enrollment: If you intend to enroll at your college for a full academic year, you’ll receive a larger Pell Grant than you will if you only enroll for one semester.
The Cal Grant is available for low and middle-income students who are California residents. Selection is based on student GPA and financial need. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the awards ranged from $1,648-$10,868 annually. To qualify for the Cal Grant, you must submit your GPA verification and FAFSA by the March 2 deadline.
This California-specific grant has three types of awards: A, B, and C. The California Student Aid Commission will award you with the grant that you qualify for based upon your GPA and financial need. Your status as a recent high school graduate and the California colleges you apply to also affect your eligibility.
Note that this grant is only available for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
Also known as FSEOG, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants provide up to $1,000 per year. Complete your FAFSA to find out if you qualify.
HNU administers the FSEOG directly to our students. This grant is need-based, so we award FSEOG to the students who have the highest financial need.
The FSEOG differs from the Pell Grant, which is awarded to every eligible student. Once we have awarded out the available FSEOG funds, there will be no more available until the next academic year.
Students living on-campus in HNU Residence Halls are eligible for a $2,500/year Housing Grant. Simply apply for housing and this will be automatically applied to your financial aid package.
Grants Help Make Higher Education Accessible
HNU believes that college costs should never prevent students from achieving their dreams. Although college can seem expensive, there are many financial aid opportunities that can make it affordable as students pursue their college education.
Financial aid comes in various forms. At HNU, students have access to scholarships, grants and student loans. Our financial aid opportunities let students access a private college education at a price comparable to a state college.
Embrace Your First Opportunity at HNU
For a limited time, Holy Names University is offering a grant to prospective undergraduate students.
If you submit your FAFSA by March 1, 2022, you’re eligible to receive a $1,000 HNU grant. This award is stackable with all other scholarships and financial aid you have been awarded.
The $1,000 FAFSA Filing Grant is open to first-year and transfer students.
Our enrollment counselors are available to answer any of your questions. Connect with us to learn more about grants and financial aid opportunities. You can also request information about any of our programs. We can’t wait to welcome you!