In our last article about SMART grants we gave an overview of National SMART grants, eligibility criteria for the National SMART grant, how much money is usually awarded and how the disbursement of the grant money takes place. One of the eligibility criteria for being considered for a SMART grant is that the student applicant must be in an approved field of study. SMART grants are only for those students currently in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies in programs considered to be important to national security, important enough to warrant grants like the SMART grant to encourage students to graduate and help the United States maintain it’s dominance in the respective science and technology related fields.
Let us now take a look at the eligible majors for the current year (2010 – 2011) Do note that the SMART grant will not be available going forward. 2010 academic year is the last year that students can apply for a SMART grant.
The following are the majors and the associated CIP code
Computer Science (CIP Code: 11.xxxx)
All programs that deal with computer engineering, software, hardware, information systems and robotics are eligible for SMART grant.
Engineering (CIP Code: 14.xxxx)
All programs and fields of study such as chemical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, aeronautical engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering.
Foreign Language (CIP Code: 16.xxxx)
All programs that focus on the study of foreign literature, linguistics, interpretation and translation of foreign languages are approved for SMART grants.
Life Sciences (CIP Code: 26.xxxx, 01.xxxx)
All programs and fields of study that deal with biochemistry, microbiology, biology, behavioral biology, physiology, biophysics, botony, ecology and zoology
Liberal Arts and Sciences (CIP Code: 24.xxxx)
To qualify under a liberal arts and Sciences program the education institution must have submitted a request to the Department of Education and must be approved. For the year 2010, the following are the only liberal studies that are approved by the department of education for SMART grants
- 24.0101 – Liberal Arts and Science program at St. Johns College in Annapolis and Santa Fe as well as Thomas Aquinas College.
Mathematics (CIP Code: 27.xxxx)
All programs that study relationships between forms, figures and symbolic quantities as well as operations research, applied math and statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation (CIP Code: 03.xxxx)
All programs that study natural resources and conservation of natural resources.
Physical Sciences (CIP Code: 40.xxxx)
All programs that study earth science, ocean science, planetary science, atmospheric science, astronomy and physics qualify for SMART grants.
Psychology (CIP Code: 42.xxxx)
Programs and fields of study that focus on individual and group behavior as well as the study of emotional and neurological activity qualify for SMART grants.
Technology (CIP Code: 41.xxxx, 29.xxxx, 15.xxxx)
All programs and fields of study that deal with or focus on the application of scientific and mechanical knowledge such as applied science.
Multidisciplinary Studies (30.xxxx)
Quite a few multidisciplinary studies are also eligible for SMART grants.
It is important to note that simply being classified under the 2 digit CIP code is not enough. Your current undergraduate major must be classified by the college under the approved 6 digit CIP code.