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Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for most federal financial aid programs, you must:

  • ...have financial need (except for some loan programs).

  • ...have a high school diploma or a GED Certificate, or:

    Students who have been home schooled should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for guidance.
    • ...pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education

    • other standards established by your state and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a regular student working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program.

  • a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

  • ...have a valid Social Security Number.

  • ...make satisfactory academic progress.

  • ...sign:

    Both statements can be found on the FAFSA.
    • A statement of educational purpose, and

    • A certification statement indicating that you are not in default on a student loan nor owe an overpayment on a grant.

  • ...register with the Selective Service System, if required.

    • Who Must Register                                        

    • You can register online here.                            
  • ...never have been convicted under a federal or state law of the sale or possession of illegal drugs. A drug-related conviction does not necessarily make a student ineligible for aid. A student with a prior drug-related conviction must complete a worksheet to determine if the conviction affects aid eligibility.