CFDA Number: 84.376
Also Known As: AC Grants; ACG; SMART Grants
The Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 created two need-based grant programs to complement the Federal Pell Grant Program (# 84.063, also under topical heading Federal Student Aid):
- Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG), awarded to first- and second-year undergraduates who
completed a rigorous high school curriculum (the Department posts a list of rigorous high school
programs on the Web, see Links to Related Websites below). To receive an ACG, a first-year student
must have completed secondary school after Jan. 1, 2006; and not have been enrolled in an ACG-eligible
program while at or below the age of compulsory school attendance (unless the ACG-eligible classes
were also part of his or her high school program). A second-year student must have completed secondary
school after Jan. 1, 2005, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) as of the end of the first
year of undergraduate study.
- National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grants, awarded to third-, fourth-,
and fifth-year undergraduates who are majoring in technical fields, critical foreign languages, or who
are in a qualifying liberal arts program. The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes taken
in the program as of the most recently completed payment period.
To be eligible for either grant, a student must be eligible for a Pell Grant (see Federal Pell Grant Program,
# 84.063, also under topical heading Federal Student Aid) for that award year (as indicated above) and be enrolled at least half-time.
For more information, visit http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/