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Grants are need-based awards that do not need to be repaid. Grants can come from Drexel, state governments, and the federal government. 

Undergraduate Grants

Drexel Grant

The Drexel Grant is offered to freshman and full-time on-campus transfer applicants who complete a CSS PROFILE when they are applying for admission to Drexel. Both domestic and international students are eligible for this award. The Drexel Grant is renewable for future years for terms during which you are registered for classes (not for terms a student is on co-op) provided you maintain full-time enrollment.

The amount of the grant is first applied to the cost of tuition; any remaining funding after tuition is paid will be applied toward general University fees and Drexel room and board charges.

In order to be considered for a Drexel Grant, you must submit a CSS PROFILE by the applicable deadline.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based award available to students pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Eligibility is based upon your expected family contribution and enrollment status. You are automatically reviewed for the Pell Grant once Drexel receives your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Additional information about the Federal Pell Grant can be found on the Student Aid website.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal SEOG Grant is a need-based award provided by the Department of Education to students who demonstrate significant financial need. You are automatically reviewed for the SEOG award when your financial aid package is being created.

To be eligible for the SEOG Grant, you must have significant financial need as determined by your expected family contribution and be an undergraduate student who is receiving a Pell Grant. The amount of SEOG funding Drexel receives from the Department of Education is subject to change year-to-year.

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Association (PHEAA) Grants

PHEAA offers need-based grant funding to Pennsylvania residents who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree at a higher education institution within the state. Eligibility is based upon the financial information submitted on their FAFSA, their enrollment, and campus location.

Only students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits a term) in an on-campus program and meet the Pennsylvania residency requirements will be considered by PHEAA for a grant. Drexel will receive an estimated grant amount for all students who meet the initial eligibility requirements. Final determinations of grant amounts are made by Drexel in coordination with PHEAA's guidelines once the Pennsylvania state budget has been finalized.

PHEAA does not allow students to receive PHEAA Grants for terms during which they are on co-op. Depending upon your co-op cycle, for years in which you are scheduled to be on co-op, you may receive a prorated amount of PHEAA funds for the fall, winter, or spring terms when you are in classes.

Summer Quarter is considered to be an extra term by PHEAA and therefore, undergraduate students who take classes during summer may be eligible for an additional Summer PHEAA Grant. This additional grant is based upon a separate application that must be filed with PHEAA.

Additional information about this award can be found on

State Scholarship Programs (Non-Pennsylvania)

Some students from outside of Pennsylvania may receive funds from their state scholarship programs that can be used at Drexel University. Currently, students living in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia may use their state scholarships at Drexel University. To apply for a state scholarship, contact your state financial aid agency or call the federal education information center at 1.800.433.3243 to get the telephone number and address of your state agency, for program requirements and application procedures. When you receive an eligibility notice from your state program, you should submit it to Drexel Central.

Graduate Grants

Drexel Grad Grant

The Drexel Grad Grant is available to all graduate applicants who are Drexel undergraduate alumni. The grant pays $100 for every credit hour you enroll for during your first four consecutive quarters of the graduate program.

In order to be considered for the Grad Grant, you must be a prospective graduate student who will be attending a program on campus and indicate on your admission application that you previously received an undergraduate degree from Drexel (bachelor of science/bachelor of arts degrees only; RAD Tech and undergraduate certificate-level degrees do not qualify for this award).

This award cannot be combined with any other graduate aid from the University, including Dean's Fellowships and Awards; teaching, research, and graduate assistantships; and any other college-specific aid. Grad Grant eligibility may not be carried forward to future terms in the event of periods of inactivity or ineligibility after the first term of enrollment. The award is only applicable for students in master's-level programs (students in PhD or post-bachelor's certificate programs are not eligible for this award).

School of Education Teacher's Incentive Grant

The Teacher's Incentive Grant is available to new graduate students enrolled in the on-campus master's in the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum: Teacher Certification track. Eligible students may receive a 25% discount on graduate tuition.