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National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants

The U.S. Department of Education has created a new grant program for third- and fourth-year students who are majoring in math, engineering, or science. An eligible student may receive a national SMART grant of up to $4,000 for each of the third and fourth academic years of study. To be eligible for each academic year, a student must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen;
  2. be a Federal Pell Grant recipient;
  3. be enrolled full-time in a degree program;
  4. be enrolled in a four-year degree-granting institution;
  5. major in physical, life, or computer science, engineering, mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign language (defined as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and Semetic, and Russian); and
  6. have at least a cumulative 3.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale in the coursework required for the student's major.

Under the SMART Program, CUNY will identify Pell-eligible Federal student aid recipients who are majoring in physical, life, or computer science, engineering, mathematics, technology, or a critical foreign language. A Student's college will be able to provide information on which of its academic programs are designated by the Department of Education as eligible for SMART grants.

For the National SMART program, the amount of the grant, in combination with the Federal Pell Grant, other resources, and estimated financial assistance, may not exceed the student's financial need (cost of attendance, minus EFC, equals financial need). A student may not receive more than one SMART Grant award in each academic year for which the student is eligible.

All annual award amounts for an academic year may be reduced if sufficient funds are not available for all eligible students nationally in an award year.

Last modified: 3/11/2014