The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant is available to undergraduate juniors and seniors who already qualify for the Pell Grant. However, it’s estimated that only 40% of those that qualify for the Pell Grant will also qualify for the National SMART Grant. The reason for the disparity is simple; the educational prerequisites for the SMART grant are stringent.
This level of stringency has to do with the purpose of the grant; there’s been a noticeable decline in American students’ aptitude for Science and Math. The SMART Grant is meant to help correct that shortcoming.
Students must be pursuing a degree in one of the following majors:
- Computer Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Non-Major Single Liberal Arts Program
- Foreign Language (Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, other ‘critical’ language)
In addition, the student’s GPA can be no lower than 3.0. The minimum GPA will be re-verified every semester, prior to the distribution of funds. Any qualifying students are awarded up to $4,000 for both the third and fourth years of study. It may also be granted for the fifth year of a five year program. The grant amount is awarded on top of any Pell Grant endowment.
Applying for the National SMART Grant is easy. Simply complete and submit the FAFSA form, either online or by mail. You’ll be automatically considered for the grant based on the degree information listed on your FAFSA form.