The AHANA student grant

What is the AHANA student grant?

The AHANA student grant is available to American undergraduate students of African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent, and who have a greater financial need than that which is covered by federal loans. Beyond the scope of financial need, the grant is awarded to students who show academic promise and a potential to succeed at the university. A grant is free money that a student does not repay.

Who can receive this grant?

AHANA students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are full-time, undergraduate EMU students are eligible to receive this grant. (Graduate and seminary students are not eligible for AHANA grants.) Beyond the scope of financial need, the grant is awarded to students who show academic promise and a capacity to succeed at the university. A grant is free money that a student does not repay.

How can I receive the grant?

When you apply for admission to the university, complete a federal financial aid application (FAFSA), and identify yourself as an AHANA student, you will automatically be considered to receive the grant.

How much is the grant?

The amount of aid varies and depends on financial need. From the total cost of tuition and housing, we subtract the expected family contribution and other forms of financial assistance, including loans. The grant covers the remaining costs.

How do I keep the grant?

To continue receiving the grant, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and be advancing to the next academic level. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 will lose the grant. The grant may be renewed for up to 10 semesters of full-time study.

Why does EMU offer this grant but other universities don’t?

EMU is committed to Christian principles and desires to be an inclusive community. The AHANA grant is one step toward this goal – a university that embraces diversity and is affordable to a wide range of students.