Top performer in social mobility

U.S. News & World Report recognizes colleges who are successful at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating students awarded Pell Grants. The majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000. 


Federal and state grants

2024-25 academic year information

Federal Pell Grant
This is a need-based grant.  Awards for 2024-25 academic year range from $740 to $7,395. Eligibility is determined by the Student Aid Index (SAI) as calculated on the FAFSA. This grant is available to full-time and less than full-time students. 2024-25 amounts are waiting on federal budget.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Awarded to Federal Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Student Aid Index (SAI) as determined by the FAFSA. The typical SEOG award at Bluffton is $1,000.

Choose Ohio First Grant
Provided by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, up to four renewable grants are awarded to first-year students each fall who major in selected STEM fields, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, American minority and a resident in the state of Ohio. Students who are fully accepted at Bluffton University by Dec. 1 and meet these criteria will have priority consideration.

Federal TEACH Grant
The TEACH Grant program provides assistance to an undergraduate or graduate student who agrees to serve for at least four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The award amount is $3,772 for grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2023.

A TEACH Grant recipient who does not complete their required teaching requirement within a specified time frame or fails to meet certain other requirements of the TEACH Grant program will be required to repay the TEACH Grant as a direct unsubsidized loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. For more information visit the TEACH Grant program website.

Ohio College Opportunity Grant
The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) is a need-based tuition assistance program available to Ohio residents enrolled in a degree program at an eligible institution. Eligible students must have an Student Aid Index of $3,750 or less, with a maximum household income of $96,000. The 2024-25 award for a full-time eligible student is $4,700. For 2024-25 amounts, we are waiting on guidance from the state of Ohio.

For additional information on federal student aid, including federal grants, visit Student Aid on the Web.