Posted Date: April 29, 2011

Author:  Jeff Baker, Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Use of State Scholarships and Grants as the Non-Federal Share of FSEOG Awards for the 2011-2012 Award Year

The Higher Education Act provides that the Federal share of awards made to students under the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program may not exceed 75 percent.  The 25 percent non-Federal share of FSEOG awards must come from an institution’s own resources, including institutional scholarships and grants, tuition or fee waivers, State scholarships and grants, and foundation or other charitable organization funds.  In response to inquiries concerning the use of State scholarships for FSEOG matching purposes, the Department had determined that all State scholarship and grant amounts, except for amounts from the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) and the Grants for Access and Persistence (GAP) awards, are eligible to be used to meet the non-Federal share requirement for the FSEOG Program.  However, since the LEAP and GAP programs are not funded for the 2011-2012 award year, the full amount (100 percent) of the State scholarships and grants your eligible FSEOG recipients received from a State are eligible funds that may be used to meet the FSEOG non-Federal share requirement for the 2011-2012 award year.  Therefore, for the 2011-2012 award year we will not need to publish as in the past a separate Electronic Announcement with a chart showing the different percentages of State scholarships and grants that may be used for each State as the non-Federal share of FSEOG awards.

For additional information or if you have questions about the matching requirements for the FSEOG Program, please contact the Campus-Based Call Center at 877-801-7168.  Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. (ET).  You may also e-mail


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