Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is a new federal grant program for Federal Pell eligible students. The grant offers an award amount equal to
$750 for 1st year and $1300 for 2nd year students. The program is effective July 1, 2006 for the 2006 – 07 academic year.
Eligible Institutions: All schools that participate in Pell Grants and offer an eligible educational program must participate in ACG.
- U.S. Citizen
- Federal Pell Grant Recipient
- First or second year student in a two- or four-year program
- Full-time enrollment
First (1st) Year Students
May not have been previously enrolled in a program of undergraduate education.
Have completed secondary school program of study after January 1, 2006
Second Year (2nd) Year Students
Have completed secondary school program of study after January 1, 2005.
Have a 3.0 GPA in an eligible program
The ACG requires completion of a rigorous secondary school program. (See the attached Michigan Plan. Student can qualify under any one of the
First Year Students – Maximum of $750 per year
Second Year Students – Maximum of $1,300 per year. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from first year based on a 4.0 grading scale.
ACG Application Process:
- Student must complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Student self-identifies on federal government web site.
- Student self-identifying must submit copies of high school transcript to the Office of Financial Assistance & Scholarships (OFAS). Home schooled
student’s parents/guardians must provide documentation showing completion of the home school program.
- OCC requests other required documentation to determine financial aid eligibility.
- Enrollment Services reviews/evaluates transcripts to determine completion of “rigorous” secondary school program using the guidelines in the Michigan
Plan approved by the Department of Education.
OCC Awarding Procedures
- OCC awards Pell and ACG.
- First year students will receive $750 in ACG.
- Second year students who have completed 24 credits with a 3.0 GPA will receive $1300.
- OCC disburses awards according to financial aid disbursement schedule.
- ACG will be awarded in late November/early December 2006.
- OCC submits payment information to federal government.
- 1. First year recipients must complete 24 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA to retain eligibility for the second year.
- 2. Second year students who complete their course of study and transfer to a 4-year institution are considered for the National
SMART Grant. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
U. S. citizens
Federal Pell Grant recipient
Third or Fourth student in a baccalaureate degree program
Full-time enrollment in an eligible major
Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in student’s eligible program
- 3. National SMART Major Fields of Study are:
Maximum of $4,000 per academic year in third and fourth academic years in an eligible program.
Check with the school you planning to transfer to for more information on the SMART Grant requirements.
The options for eligibility for the 2006-07 school year for a student from Michigan are:
- The State Scholars Initiative requirements. This program, currently offered in Michigan and twenty-one other States and
patterned after the recommendations of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, requires at least:
- Four years of English;
- Three years of math (including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry);
- Three years of lab science (biology, chemistry, physics);
- Three-and-one-half years of social studies; and
- Two years of a language other than English.
- A set of courses similar to the State Scholars Initiative. This program of study requires passing grades in the following:
- Four years of English;
- Three years of Math (including Algebra I and a higher level course such as Algebra II, Geometry, or Data Analysis and Statistics);
- Three years of science (including at least two courses from biology, chemistry or physics);
- Three years of social studies; and
- One year of a foreign language.
- Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and test scores. This program requires a minimum of
two Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school and a minimum passing score on the exams for those classes. Students
must score 3 or higher on AP exams and 4 or higher on IB exams.
- Michigan Merit Standard. This program requires:
- Four years of English;
- Four years of math (including Algebra I, Algebra II, and one credit in the Senior Year);
- Three years of science (including biology, chemistry or physics, and one additional science credit);
- Three years of social studies;
- One year of physical education (guidelines to be developed by State Department of Education);
- One year of visual, performing, applied arts (guidelines to be developed by State Department of Education); and
- One on-line learning experience class.