Review eligibility for federal financial aid

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Review eligibility for federal financial aid

To receive aid from federal student aid programs, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Have a high school diploma, a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or have completed homeschooling. For more information, visit studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Have financial need for most federal programs (an exception would be Direct Unsubsidized Loans which are not need-based)
  • Make satisfactory academic progress, as determined by the college
  • Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study). If you have such a conviction, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible for aid or partially eligible for aid.
  • Males who meet the following criteria must register with the Selective Service:
    • U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 and 25
    • Non-citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 residing in the United States who are not on a student or visitor visa or part of a diplomatic or trade mission
    • Dual nationals of the U.S. and another country

    More information about who must register and those who are exempt is available at www.sss.gov/fswho.htm.

    If you are required to, but have not yet registered for Selective Service when you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may choose to register while completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.