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Eligibility Requirements

General eligibility requirements for Federal Financial Aid

  • To be eligible for Federal financial aid, a student must:
  • Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program of study on at least a part-time basis (With the exception of Pell and FSEOG);
  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen. Verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required;
  • Have financial need (except for some loan programs) as determined by a need analysis system approved by the Department of Education;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Provide required documentation for the verification process and determination of dependency status;
  • Have a valid Social Security Number;
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual aggregate loan limits for the Title IV financial aid programs;
  • Be registered for the Selective Service, if required;
  • Sign an updated Statement of Educational Purpose\Certification Statement on refunds and default.
  • Sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) stating that
    • You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes, and
  • Show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
    • Having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or
    • Completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.