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

SMART Grant - Also know as the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant is designed to encourage students to take more challenging courses in high school and increase the likeliness of being successful in college.  According to  a government sponsored research such students are more likely to pursue college majors in high demand in the global economy, such as science, mathematics, technology, engineering and critical foreign languages.  Up to $4,000 are also awarded to eligible National SMART Grant students for each year in addition to the Pell Grant funds.

Application Process for National SMART Grants

Students must apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  They should be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Students who have not yet submitted a FAFSA may do so online at;

General Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Must be enrolled in a four-year degree program; and
  • Must be enrolled fulltime.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must be in their third or fourth academic year of a four-year degree program;
  • Students must be pursuing a major in mathematics, science (including physical, life, and computer sciences), technology, engineering, or a critical foreign language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Russian; and
  • Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0.

Financial aid officers at four-year degree-granting colleges and universities will be able to determine which of their Pell Grant students are eligible for a National SMART Grant. There is no need for the student to provide any information beyond what was submitted with their FAFSA.